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Phuket police confirm new traffic fines to start Nov 1

Phuket police confirm new traffic fines to start Nov 1

PHUKET: The raft of new traffic fines approved by Cabinet earlier this year will come into effect this Sunday* (Nov 1), Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Santat Layangkul has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 10:13AM

The new traffic fines will start this Sunday (Nov 1). Photo: Patong Police

The new traffic fines will start this Sunday (Nov 1). Photo: Patong Police

The new traffic penalties were published in the Government Gazette in August, and see the minimum penalties raised for a host of minor traffic infractions, but the penalties for drunk driving remain the same as those brought into law in 2015, said Col Santat, who oversees all Traffic Police throughout the province.

“Phuket police are ready to apply the new traffic fines on Nov 1. I am sure they will work in reducing the number of moving violations, hence making the roads safer,” he said.

“Please respect the law, it is the best way to do something good for other drivers,” he added.

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Among the new fines are:

  • Driving against the traffic flow or causing difficulty for the traffic (B400)
  • Driving recklessly which may harm other drivers and properties (B400)
  • Driving between traffic lanes (B500)
  • Driving on footpath without necessary reason (B500)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving (B500)
  • Overtaking on the left side of a vehicle (B500)
  • Not allowing faster vehicles to overtake when they indicate intention to do so (B500)
  • Joining traffic without indicating (B500)
  • Failing to indicate before turning (B400)
  • Parking in a no-parking area (B400)
  • Driving over the speed limit (B500)
  • Failure to give way to an ambulance (B400)
  • Riding a bicycle outside of the bicycle lane  (B200)
  • Not wearing a helmet (B400)
  • Passenger of motorbike not wearing a helmet (B800)
  • Not wearing a safety belt (seat belt) while driving (B400)
  • Operating an unregistered vehicle (B500)
  • Driving without driving licence or unable to present driving licence when asked by police (B200)
  • Failure to indicate to other drivers before turning, changing lane, stopping or letting them overtake (B400)
  • Failure to have a red light at the back of the vehicle indicate that the vehicle is about to stop (B400)
  • Failing to slow down when oncoming vehicles approach on a narrow road (B200)
  • Ignoring traffic signals and signs installed along the roads (B500)
  • Ignoring hand signs and whistle sounds made by traffic police (B400)
  • Causing damage, hiding, removing, painting traffic signs installed along the road (B400)
  • Driving vehicle without license plate (B500)
  • Driving vehicle causing a loud noise or dragging something on the road (B400)
  • Using flashing lights, siren lights as well as strange and loud sounds, inappropriate sound as horn (B500)
  • Carrying goods longer than the body of vehicle without a red flag at the end of the protruding item (B500)
  • Carrying human, animals, or items not suited for the type of vehicle as determined by the Ministry of Transport (B400)

* Correction: The new traffic fines will start this Sunday, Nov 1. Not Monday, as orignally stated in the article.

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Edward Reumann | 20 December 2020 - 22:46:33

How about parking on sidewalks, thus endangering pedestrians who 8n turn have to walk into street.  How about drivers double parking or parking in handicap space.  How about excessive noise, like these trucks with loudspeakers blasting. How about hazardous driving. By taxis that run you off the road or pass dangerously just because they are in a hurry and think they own the road.  Just a few.

Steve wooly | 01 November 2020 - 16:15:40

Haha good luck enforcing those, things won't change, here in Kathu everybody rides without helmets, always have done and will always continue to do so 

Kurt | 31 October 2020 - 10:36:51

Police doesn't stop a ghost rider, probably without helmet, perhaps no insurance/road tax paid, no driving license. How to fine/collect money of a 'frock without feathers'. Probably living in same village. TIT.

Bdawg467 | 31 October 2020 - 07:49:46

Are these ridiculously low fines only for Phuket?  What about the rest of Thailand?  As low as these fines are, the government could easily fill their coffers.....if only the police would enforce them.  Driving against the flow of traffic alone would probably add millions of Baht.  And no changes to drunk driving!!  Unbelievable!!  Guess that isn't really a problem then.

stupot1952 | 30 October 2020 - 02:44:20

there is no one in phuket to give tickets to it's deserted 

BigA | 29 October 2020 - 09:46:41

Those this mean Motorbike taxi need to have extra helmet for the passenger. How many?What;s about Sidecar for Motorbike? or El. vehicles from China? Horst

Kurt | 29 October 2020 - 07:49:50

Where are the  police high road patrol cars hiding when they not driving ahead of Royalties or Vip's, blaring their sirens and exceeding all speed limits, causing confusion and dangerous road situations?

Kurt | 28 October 2020 - 21:08:51

If one thing is for sure, than the honest mentioned new fines are to low, Thai will laugh about it. Indeed, add another zero! + A  point system on license! Stop bla-bla. Start acting to lift you from worlds global top accident list.

Kurt | 28 October 2020 - 20:58:51

What I read/learn from Johny45683 comment, print this fine list, and keep it with you in car and motorbike, so you can not be scammed/robbed for 1000 thb as he was and wrote here. If: note name RTP scammer, and report to newspapers and Phuket Ombudsman. Don't pay a criminal. Expose him.

H2538 | 28 October 2020 - 15:43:21

"Riding a bicycle outside of the bicycle lane  " The most vulnerable in the traffic picture with a cycle on10kg and a car weighs 1000kg or so. Well wasn't it so a while ago in the news that Phuket should attract sports tourism!?

Capricornball | 28 October 2020 - 13:10:35

Well...they can make all the laws they want, but the fact will remain that police presence on the roads is about nil, so any of the moving violations are just blah blah blah.  And no changes to drunk driving laws says a whole lot about how out of touch this place is. Drink driving is just not much of a concern here, hence the shameful road fatality rate.

Wiesel | 28 October 2020 - 12:50:46

John, dont be stupid please. If there is no bicycle lane you can not use one. But if there is one you have to use it and if not you have to pay. 

Fascinated | 28 October 2020 - 12:47:25

All those fines need another zero added- people will just shrug them off. Time to instigate a points system as well (for those who actually have a licence!).

LALALA | 28 October 2020 - 12:35:36

Useless traffic fine catalogue. Enforcement will be on very low level as usual despite the few checkpoints which will concentrate on fining motorbike riders without helmet and license and checking valid car registrations.

Dicko | 28 October 2020 - 12:30:05

That is brilliant, it's a list of standard Thai driving behaviour. If they actually enforced any/all of these laws the financial woes of the current government would be solved within weeks

Johny45683 | 28 October 2020 - 11:57:03

Officer asked me 1000b for parking in a wrong place a few months ago.
Was I robbed by the police officer inside Patong police station?

Mj | 28 October 2020 - 11:43:47

To reduse the numbers of accidents it should at least be one more 0 after each fine.

JohnC | 28 October 2020 - 10:33:10

{Riding a bicycle outside of the bicycle lane 200B.} Just curious but 99% of places in Phuket where you can ride bicycles don't have cycle paths. If I ride mine outside my front gate does that mean I can be fined now? Ridiculous law.


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