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Phuket rental companies to be fined if found renting to unlicenced drivers

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Sermpan Sirikong has confirmed that vehicle rental operators who allow drivers to rent a vehicle without the required driving licence must be fined B2,000.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 05:52PM

A growing number of tourists are now renting motorbikes to get around the island. Photo: The Phuket News

A growing number of tourists are now renting motorbikes to get around the island. Photo: The Phuket News

Col Sermpan made the announcement yesterday (Feb 27) at a meeting held at Provincial Hall where he, Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok, Phuket Provincial and others discussed vehicle rental operators, especially motorcycle rentals, due to an increasing number of foreigners now using motorbikes as their preferred method of transport when visiting the island.

Col Sermpan told The Phuket News, “If any vehicle rental operator allows someone to rent a vehicle without the required driving licence they must be fined B2,000.

I have already informed rental shops on the island of this situation. There will be no exception.

From now on all vehicle rental shops must only rent a vehicle if the person wanting to rent has the correct driving licence. And the vehicle must be legal,” he said.

Gov Norraphat added, “I have ordered the relevant agencies to be strict on the vehicle rental operators, especially rental motorcycle operators, because nowadays foreign tourists prefer to rent motorcycles to travel.

“I have asked to have measures put in place to educate these vehicle rental operators about road laws and regulation,” he added.

“As the number of tourists who rent vehicles and have accidents has increased, we must be more strict in order to reduce road accidents. Then tourist will be secure to be in Phuket,” he said.



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opinioated farange | 02 March 2018 - 11:14:13

This may happen because it suits the taxi mafia. If a tourist does not have the required drivers licence then they will be dependent on taxi/tuk tuk. After all they have to do something no

Kurt | 01 March 2018 - 12:36:58

Seems the RTP found another money well to drain.
Road blocks now for helmets, driving license AND in relation with that a check on the rental company.
Than the RTP goes to the thai uncle rental shop, explain about 2000 thb fine, will receive a wai and kick off for 'misunderstanding'.
Everybody happy.

malczx7r | 01 March 2018 - 10:41:56

At last, here's a guy with some common sense, great idea, but as previously stated will it happen, not a chance.  Was out last night in the car, saw 2 different police bikes, did they stop helmetless riders, ghost riders going past, no as per everyday, do nothing.

Nasa12 | 01 March 2018 - 06:36:14

Seize the motorcycle until the owner has paid the ticket "The case is closed"

marcher | 28 February 2018 - 20:46:55

Asterix has it spot on, but a B2000n fine if they stand the remote chance of being caught? Ridiculous. Make that in a few hours. I just cannot understand the Thai thinking re. fines,ie. a report today citing a B40,000 fine or 4 years in jail. Great options

Joh | 28 February 2018 - 20:19:31

Tourists have preferred to rent a motorbike to get around the last 20 years or more, because of the lack of public transportation among the beach towns

Asterix | 28 February 2018 - 19:07:56

There are just few vehicle rental operators as many Thais and foreigners alike are buying motorcycles to rent them directly through contacts such as friends, bars, restaurants, guesthouses, etc... or work with vehicle rental operators at last.
It would be better to professionalize the motorcycle and car businesses as it is one with travel agencies with compulsory insurances to protect customers.

Fascinated | 28 February 2018 - 18:55:35

By the 'vehicle must be legal' does that include insurance. This is quite an important point. When renters are hassled by cops for helmetless fines (as locals chug happily past) will the details be taken of those unlicenced so action can be taken against the renters? If someone is stopped in Kamala or Cherng Talay with the bike rented in Patong its unlikely.

Discover Thainess | 28 February 2018 - 18:28:07

Like all the other “crackdowns”, it will never happen

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