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.