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Point-cut system aims to curb dangerous driving

Point-cut system aims to curb dangerous driving

BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Police plan to launch a so-called traffic point-cutting system early next year, a form of electronic traffic ticketing aimed at improving driving discipline and curbing road accidents, after having already raised punishments for traffic violations.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 20 July 2022, 09:40AM

Photo: Bangkok Post.

Photo: Bangkok Post.

From Jan 9, every driving licence holder will be given 12 points, which will be reduced if they are caught violating traffic rules, said Pol Maj Gen Ekkarat Limsangkat, chief of the Highway Police Division.

Breaking the speed limit, failing to stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings, eschewing a safety helmet, not fastening a seat belt, and speaking on the phone while driving are examples of misconduct that can lead to a one-point deduction, he said.

Running red lights or intentionally driving in the wrong direction - for example on one-way streets - will cause two points to be deducted, while illegal racing on a public street will lead to three points being cut, he said.

The maximum penalty of four points is tied to serious violations such as drink driving, he added.

A loss of all 12 points will result in the driver having their licence suspended for 90 days, he said, adding the deducted points will be restored 12 months from the time they are removed.

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More details can be found at https://ptm.police.go.th/eTicket or via the government e-wallet application called Pao Tang, Pol Maj Gen Ekkarat said.

Prior to the launch of the new electronic ticketing system, a new regulation resulting in an automatic 90-day suspension of driving licence took effect on July 13, reports the Bangkok Post.

Such suspensions will apply for violations that pose a serious risk of danger to the public, or when violators attempt to flee after causing damage to others or public property during a road accident, he said.

Driving without a licence, meanwhile, could lead to a three-month jail term and a maximum fine of B10,000, he said.

The prison term for repeat offenders caught driving under the influence, for example, has been increased to two years, with the fine raised from B50,000 to B100,000, he said.

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beachshak | 21 July 2022 - 12:45:35

So the steady stream of mainly European tourists crossing the bridge to the mainland en route to krabi or khao Lak in full view of authorities intoxicated with no helmet, no shoes on, no shirt, with no license in the first place  on a Thai  persons motor scooter will face what actions ?

ThorFinger | 21 July 2022 - 12:21:54

Lol, lol and even more lol.

JohnC | 21 July 2022 - 08:46:26

Congratulations on catching up to the rest of the world. Demerit points have been used on licences for over 50 years in most western countries. It works because the police actually do something about it rather than just say they will and most people are law abiding. Sadly it is hard to same the same about the LOS.

Capricornball | 20 July 2022 - 17:46:49

Funny how the RTP continue coming up with schemes to improve traffic safety, but it never includes getting off their asses and establishing a presence in the public eye, patrolling traffic, and pulling people over. This new scheme will all fall on empty ears, because everybody knows it is up to the RTP to enforce it, and that enforcement won't happen. Suspend a license, so what.

Kurt | 20 July 2022 - 14:08:04

Ever anyone driving without license to jail? Any repeaters 2 years in Jail? Never. Jails are full.  How this point system will work? The Thai way! Police will stop offender and give a choice: You give me XXX Baht or you loose points. The whole sett up is for XXX, not for point-cutting. For millions years ago a automatic cctv fine system set up. They not use it. No interest for fines.

christysweet | 20 July 2022 - 10:13:36

Ridiculous to equate speeding with not wearing a helmet- one is the leading cause of accidents, the other affects no one other that the driver.  And without police enforcing rules, nothing can change. Give traffic enforcement its own  force and pay a percentage of the tickets issued to entire units, not individuals . 


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