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Government approves 120km/h speed limit

Government approves 120km/h speed limit

THAILAND: The cabinet yesterday (Dec 2) approved a higher speed limit of up to 120 kilometres per hour on national and rural highways.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 08:44AM

An official of the Land Transport Department uses a speed camera on Highway 32 in Chai Nat province. Photo: Bangkok Post

An official of the Land Transport Department uses a speed camera on Highway 32 in Chai Nat province. Photo: Bangkok Post

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said the cabinet approved in principle a draft regulation on speed limits on highways as proposed by the Transport Ministry.

The regulation is applicable to highways with at least two lanes running in the same direction and traffic islands with barriers. The roads also must not have a ground-level U-turn slot.

The new speed limits are expected to improve traffic flow, she said.

The speed limit for trucks weighing over 2,200kg and buses with more than 15 passengers is 90km/h, while buses with 7-15 passengers are allowed to go up to 100km/h.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

Smaller motorcycles won’t be allowed to exceed 80km/h, while those with 400cc engines and 35-kilowatt engines and above are limited to 100km/h.

School buses must not exceed a speed limit of 80km/h.

The speed limit for vehicles travelling in the furthest right lane is no less than 100km/h.


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Pascale | 04 December 2020 - 11:37:15

Kurt, at least get the facts right. Many cars with a bigger engine using  lesser fuel while driving 120km/h compared to driving 100km/h ! And I'm not surprised that you did not understand why I mentioned Germany !

Kurt | 04 December 2020 - 10:27:54

Fact: By speed of 100km/h is the level of polluted car exhaust 40% lower than at 120km/h. Fact: And the fuel savings is average 25%. Dunno why someone grips Germany into this. It is about Thailand.

Pascale | 03 December 2020 - 15:39:04

"and lower speed means lesser gas consumption"  Omg Kurt,who taught you this BS ?  A car burns more fuel when driving in the city on low speed than driving on a highway on higher speed. And as you think that a higher speed limit is a factor in the reduced growth of kids, I wonder how many midgets there must be in Germany with their -partly no speed limited-highways ?

Kurt | 03 December 2020 - 12:11:21

About environment, come on Phuket, get these old blue busses and cars/lorries/trucks fuming clouds of poisoning black smoke, spreading led,  of the road. Guess they are not yearly tested on exhaust fuming. How they get their yearly wind shield sticker? Stupid question, we know how.

Kurt | 03 December 2020 - 11:58:17

Strange, so. more road death.(and lower speed means lesser gas consumption) More environment pollution: CO2, NOx, SO2, PM2. It's not without reason the alarming 'stop' in growing of Thai kids, they remain smaller. ( BP today) It all has to do with the increasing polluting environment they grow up in Thailand.

Jor12 | 02 December 2020 - 15:47:03

Pascale...agreed.  Should have been done years ago

Pascale | 02 December 2020 - 15:18:48

Kurt,the logic of this rule is to get rid of people like you, blocking every right lane with their crawling in a snails pace.

LALALA | 02 December 2020 - 15:04:30

Any traffic rules in LOS are useless anyway as rarely obeyed by anybody. On top of that fines are ridiculous low and payments not followed up by authorities anyway. 

Kurt | 02 December 2020 - 10:07:41

A higher speed limit is very questionable. As speed cost already many lives in this country, there is no need in Speed-land were many people not respect speed limits anyway, to increase these limits. Specially that coming rule you must at least speed 100km/h in furthest right lane. What is the logic of this 'approving'?

Pascale | 02 December 2020 - 09:34:23

Good decision !

Kurt | 02 December 2020 - 09:03:53

The new speed limits are going to 'improve' more than just traffic flows only.  hehehe. Well, the mini van drivers will be happy.


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