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Rewards for reporting road violations now offered in Phuket

Rewards for reporting road violations now offered in Phuket

PHUKET: People in Phuket who report motorists violating basic transport laws can now receive nearly 50% of the fine issued, Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) Chief Banyat Kantha has confirmed.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 12 December 2019, 06:14PM

The confirmation follows Chief Banyat holding a meeting with his own officers yesterday (Dec 11) to explain the rewards now on offer.

The rewards are in line with the announcement by Department of Land Transport Director-General Chirute Visalachitra on Monday (Dec 9), Mr Banyat said.

“The purpose of offering the rewards is for people to jointly create discipline on the roads and safe driving behaviour,” Mr Banyat told The Phuket News today (Dec 12).

However, the rewards are available only to people with Thai bank accounts, he confirmed.

The rewards offered relate to violations of the Motor Vehicle Act and Land Transport Act, Mr Banyat noted.

Offences under the Motor Vehicle Act B.E. 2522 (1979) include illegal modifications to a vehicle, including illegal motorbike exhausts, as well as recklessness driving and taxi drivers leaving passengers stranded by the side of the road, overcharging passengers and refusing to provide service to passengers.

Fines under the act range from B500 to B5,000.

Offcences under the Land Transport Act B.E. 2522 (1979) include vehicles emitting black smoke exceeding the legal limits, carrying more than the registered number of passengers, parking across driveways or other places where parking is not permitted, carrying unrestrained loads and even smoking while driving.

Fines under the Land Transport Act range from B1,000-B5,000.

People reporting offenders are asked to provide photos and the licence plate number of the offending vehicle, Mr Banyat said.

“The informer must have complete evidence such as images or video clips. Also the informer must have clearly recorded the date, time and place of accident, a description of the vehicle, the vehicle’s registration and other information. It must be good enough so that officials can follow up quickly,” he explained.

“In addition, the informer must specify informer’s full name, address, phone number and the bank account number, in case case the investigating officer needs to contact them. All informer’s details will be kept secret,” he assured.

“People can report offenders by calling the PLTO hotline 1584 or by email – but I prefer people in Phuket to send their reports by email to dlt_1584complain@hotmail.com. It is easier for us to follow up,” Mr Banyat said.

“The informer will receive an SMS message to confirm that the complaint has been received. DLT officers will then investigate the report,” he added.

Mr Banyat also explained that the reward offered will be slightly less than 50%, as a processing fee must be deducted first.

“For example, if a person reports a vehicle emitting black smoke, the fine under the law is B1,000, and the informer will receive about B400,” he said.

“The informer will receive an SMS confirming the fine issued and that payment to the informer has been made,” Mr Banyat said.

However, he added, “Please give it about 15 days to receive payment after the fine has been made. Officials will need some time to process the payments,” he said.

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Kurt | 15 December 2019 - 20:01:47

How low can a PLTO Official sink morally to activate that a part of the Phuket 'road society' betray another part  for money? Just because the RTP is complete dysfunctional  and not doing her job properly. How can old black smoke fuming busses, trucks, cars pass their tests at Transport Bureau?  Kick backs? Unbelievable, all this thinking and ( not) doings.

Christy Sweet | 15 December 2019 - 16:51:04

Taxi van ran a red light  at 12:50  pm and almost hit me, Tesco Talang light directly in front of the police box. Ought to be plenty of CCTV at that light between Makro and Tesco. and I shall be sending the tag number to that email.

Kurt | 14 December 2019 - 09:16:27

How much is the reward for 'trading in' photos of cars parking in front of a mailbox? ( is a traffic violation by thai law, see the video in Transport Bureau). I sure can bring in 10 photos per day as I have view on a mailbox. And,... I have a thai bank account!

Kurt | 14 December 2019 - 09:03:51

Funny and shame full that a thai Official ask public to do a police job the police is not doing. Look at Chalong Circle, the whole day fuming/emitting black smoke busses, trucks, lorries. And the police?  Stands there the whole day, doing nothing except motorbike helmet checks. Why are the highway patrol cars not patrolling?

Rene | 13 December 2019 - 15:23:51

every day 4 hours, plus many court appearences ...you get rich...or you die !

GerryT81 | 13 December 2019 - 14:28:21

@Foot. Seems like you are very interested in upgrading your pension or why are you asking the same questions twice ?

Kurt | 13 December 2019 - 13:52:15

Taxi drivers who just drop tourists at road sides ( it happens!), overcharge, etc.  are laughing. They have nothing to fear because tourists not have that obligated thai bank account.
Why must people have a thai bank account to get their 'reward'?  Not tourist friendly.  Just discriminatory, as in many matters in Thailand.

Island Man | 13 December 2019 - 11:53:56

My, my, you're going to be very busy.

Foot | 13 December 2019 - 05:34:36

 So, by accurately turning in violators, a person could earn thousands every day.  Right?  So many questions.
Is not wearing a helmet an offense?  How much?
Can you set up a camera + recording system at an intersection to catch hundreds of violators?
Will the person who turns in a violator receive 24 hour police protection?  It will certainly be needed.
Would a falang need a work permit?

Foot | 12 December 2019 - 19:58:25

Will a non-Thai be able to do it, too?
Is a work permit needed since this can easily be a full time job from any street corner?
Will the informer receive constant police protection?
Come to think of it, wouldn't it much less complicated if the police just did it instead of alienating everyone?


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