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Phone use must now be handsfree if driving

BANGKOK: Motorists using a mobile phone must use a handsfree wireless connection under a new police regulation now in force nationwide, government deputy spokeswoman Tipanan Sirichana warned today (Oct 14).

By Bangkok Post

Friday 14 October 2022, 03:59PM

Chatree Watanakechorn, Bangkok deputy city clerk, raises a sign warning drivers not to use mobile phones while at the wheel, during the Songkran festival in April this year. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

Chatree Watanakechorn, Bangkok deputy city clerk, raises a sign warning drivers not to use mobile phones while at the wheel, during the Songkran festival in April this year. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

Ms Tipanan said making handsfree connection mandatory is intended to reduce accidents, injuries and loss of life resulting from motorists using mobile phones while driving, reports the Bangkok Post.

A Royal Thai Police Office announcement issued under Section 43 (9) of the Land Traffic Act of 1979, which prohibits drivers from using a telephone or a communication radio, except with auxiliary equipment to enable them to talk without holding the telephone, took effect on Oct 7, she said.

Drivers are allowed to use mobile phones while at the wheel on the condition they must have a wireless connection device or a speaker phone affixed, so they do not have to hold the phone.

The wireless connector must be fitted to the front of the vehicle and must not obstruct the driver’s view. A driver needing to operate a mobile phone manually must park the vehicle before doing so.

Violators are liable to a fine of between B400-1,000.

The announcement is subject to a review after five years in use, based on opinions from the public.

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DeKaaskopp | 16 October 2022 - 10:51:35

Not "brainless " at all,Kurt ! When someones life here turns into bitterness and the only thing what's left is moaning/complaining about everything all day,every day ,then they should indeed thinking about relocating ! Even if it would be only inside Thailand ! Actually that would be the only solution for someone with a normal working brain !

Kurt | 16 October 2022 - 00:24:32

Can we stop that brainless 'populair' saying of: .."Going home.., in direction of foreigners who made Thailand, sometimes for decades, their home? Married here, have children here, socialize here in communties? It is such a nonsense thinking when you not like a opinion to react with ...going  home...   So cheap and low, wishing person who contribute many years of their life here.

Capricornball | 15 October 2022 - 22:35:07

Nice to know there's another new law that wont be enforced and absolutely nobody will give a s#!^. For one, we never see a cop on patrol pulling people over, and even if you did, like Pete said, they couldn't see anything with all the dark tinting. And with all the serious injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving, amazing that it only yields a 400 baht fine, but I'm not surpris...

Pooliekev | 15 October 2022 - 14:04:53

JohnC. Ireckon  it's time you went home mate, if only to preserve your sanity. 

Kamala Pete | 15 October 2022 - 12:37:21

Impossible to monitor or detect with so many vehicles having such heavily tinted glass that nothing can be seen within.

maverick | 15 October 2022 - 10:18:52

JohnC@ you know the answer to that question no amount of cautions will change behaviour of poorly educated locals only solution is to take away their bikes but where do they store millions of bikes - follow the money and provide better affordable public transport especially in suburban areas

Kurt | 15 October 2022 - 10:08:26

Read again and laugh: .."Announcement subject to review after 5 years in use, based on opinion of the public".  Well, in LOS where Thai adagio at the road is.... 'me, me first, I am alone on the road'...    a idiot idea, that reviewing. In civilized 21st century thinking countries has this rule already been implemented decades ago.  But, ....TIT.

JohnC | 15 October 2022 - 09:14:34

What about the thousands of locals who use their phones while riding  scooters, at the same time a cigarette hanging out of their mouth, 3 chidren and shopping all balancing precariously under their one handed control while chatting away on a dumbphone. I sincerely hope the RTP don't just use this as another excuse to just stop foeigners when Thai people are by far the worst offenders of this.

Prab | 14 October 2022 - 21:54:08

does this apply for motorbikes also? or to cars drivers only? LOL 


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