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Phuket drivers invited to repaint faded licence plates for free

Phuket drivers invited to repaint faded licence plates for free

PHUKET: The Department of Land Transport of Thailand (DLT) has invited car owners to renew their faded licence plates for free until Dec 29. Worn – but not torn – plates can be repainted without any charges at 74 offices of the DLT nationwide, including the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO).

Saturday 10 December 2022, 02:59PM

According to the DLT announcement, in Phuket free renewal service is available for three series of licence plates, namely Gor Ror (Go Gai, Ro Ruea), Gor Lor (Go Gai, Lo Ling), and Gor Wor (Go Gai, Wo Weng).

Car owners from other provinces are advised to check the list on the DLT website for information on what series of licence plates can be repainted for free in their respective regions.

According to the DLT, the process will not take longer than seven days for people applying for the service in Bangkok. Yet it can take longer or shorter in provinces. 

When applying, car owners are asked to provide the original or a copy of their vehicle registration book as well as their ID card (passport) or certificate of business registration if the vehicle is under a Thai company name. 

“If unable to apply in themselves, a car owner can authorise some other person to do the renewal instead. This requires a letter of power of attorney and a copy of the owner’s ID,” said the DLT.

If a driver is stopped by traffic police while the plates of the vehicle are being renewed, a ’receipt’ from the DLT office can be used as a temporary document. 

It was not clarified what would happen if a vehicle without licence plates violates traffic rules and is caught by a CCTV camera. 

To be accepted for renewal, the licence plates must be clean and not damaged. Otherwise a person can request a new set of plates for B100  ’per sheet’ plus B5 fee. For additional information, can owners can call the DLT hotline at 1584.

As the PLTO confirmed to The Phuket News several years ago, driving with unreadable licence plates is illegal in Thailand.

Licence plates with faded, unclear letters and numbers or if the licence plate is otherwise defective and does clearly display the identification characters are not allowed to be in use and must be replaced. According to Section 91 of the Land Transport Act B.E. 1979, those who break this law are required to pay a fine of not more than B2,000,” the PLTO said in response to a request from The Phuket News.

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Kurt | 05 January 2023 - 18:08:05

Went to Transportoffice for new license plates. Show passport, car book, house book. Must produce: copie passport-visa-car book-house book. Paid B205. Their computer was slow, so they couldn't process car book. Had to return in afternoon 3pm to collect book. Got paper, mentioning 30 more days to wait to collect plates.  Huh? 30 Days?? Yes, they have to be produced in Bangkok!! hehehe. Pfff.

Prab | 11 December 2022 - 13:09:52

invite?? why invite them??? wtf....fine them !!!! wtf 

Kurt | 11 December 2022 - 11:56:40

Why Government not start to order my car dealer, were I bought the car new, to fix it during service visits?  It's a quality matter, below standards. This suggestion is for all car dealers, of course.

Kurt | 11 December 2022 - 11:42:15

Anyway, the boys in brown are to busy with working/catching up for lost of their ticket commissions during quiet Covid tourist times, now at check points/road blocks to stop thousands of foreign tourists on motorbike. With stopping a car with faded plate they don't know who is the driver. When a Hi-So, than it gives troubles. ( "do you know who I a am"?) Not worth the headache.

Kurt | 11 December 2022 - 11:27:55

Why license plates in S'pore never become faded, but in Thailand do? It's the same climate. And a car without license plate or unreadable can't be located/found through CCTV system. As simple that is.

JohnC | 11 December 2022 - 08:52:24

Good initiative. Why not invite the public to bring in unroadworthy cars to be checked and fixed too. No shortage of those on Thailand's roads causing many accidents.

CaptainJack69 | 11 December 2022 - 06:37:53

Having illegible number plates (intentionally obfuscated or not, wink wink) is a criminal offence. Prosecute them!

Capricornball | 10 December 2022 - 18:23:32

Ha!...this is pretty good. The PLTO (mafia HQ) must know that the public transport cartels have deliberately created the unreadable plates to avoid enforcement cams. Most have no plans on getting a free paint job that will subject them to enforcement cameras. The cartels also know that the BIBs have probably been taken care of to make sure no cartel member gets fined for anything.


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