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Steeper fines put on hold for three months

BANGKOK: Traffic police will push back the enforcement of new traffic fines for three months, citing more time being needed to publicise the new fine rates.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 6 September 2022, 09:03AM

Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Pol Gen Preecha Charoensahayanon, deputy director of the Traffic Operations Centre of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), revealed that the amended Land Traffic Act was endorsed yesterday (Sept 5), but before enforcement begins teams of officers will embark on a public awareness campaign, reports the Bangkok Post.

“The new amended traffic law carries fines of up to B4,000 for running a red light or violating the speed limit but, during this transition period, officers will issue tickets of no more than B500 along with a warning that subsequent fines will be much steeper,” said Pol Gen Preecha.

The new penalties will usher in fines of between B1,000 and B4,000 for driving at speeds exceeding the legal limit, jumping red lights at intersections and failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing, added Pol Gen Preecha.

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Motorists convicted of drunk driving will face a jail term of up to one year and/or a fine of B5,000 to B20,000. If they repeat the offence within two years, they will face a jail term of up to two years and/or a fine of B50,000 to B100,000.

“Records of those convicted for drunk driving before Sept 5 will not be applicable to the new fine rates. The new regulations will only be imposed upon crimes and violations committed from Sept 5 onwards,” added Pol Gen Preecha.

He also said that the fine rate will double for repeat offenders. Moreover, officers will issue tickets via the Police Ticket Management (PTM) database which determines fine rates controlled by RTP, endorsing the same fine rates nationwide.

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Pascale | 07 September 2022 - 14:15:15

Fact is, that every foreigner caught here driving without a license or without a helmet deserves to get fined. It really doesn't matter if the police likes to target predominantly foreigners or not.This is not an excuse for foreigners wrongdoings but simply another reason for the serial cry babies to whine about .

JohnC | 07 September 2022 - 09:50:32

Of course!! Just in time for the tourist  high season in December. That is if tourists decide to come here at all....  Fleece the dumb rubber necks!

solar_serfer | 07 September 2022 - 09:28:45

lots of locals obviously not regarding knowing? traffic rules, drive on red, U-turn in front of fast-moving traffic, crossing the 4 lane highway in the opp direction (across all lanes), etc - daily reality. do you plan to do something about it? also lots of spaced out smokers now.. i didnt see an officer on the road for a month, driving around.. nobody seems to enforce the rules you talk about. 

Kurt | 06 September 2022 - 19:31:38

If there is on wish RTP, time delay of initiating new traffic fines, than Parliament should use this time to get law wise rid of corruption promoting fact that a police officer gets a %%-share of the fine. A police officer gets a salary, and later a pension. Period. They still have their brown envelop doings left and right in society.

Capricornball | 06 September 2022 - 17:41:05

It's like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing...just shining more light on what a bumbling network of incompetents the RTP is. Act first, think later. I think what the new rates generally mean is that tourists and expats will pay the maximum fine right on the spot and right into the pocket, while Thais will get nothing, or the minimum.

Kurt | 06 September 2022 - 10:49:44

The new fine rates are already publiced. So what is the police crying about? Same law whirling as with that canabis happening. Is there now really nothing, law wise, what can be, adult wise be implemented? It is all such kindergarten level happening.


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