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Traffic fines to increase from Monday

BANGKOK: Fines for traffic offences will increase, with penalties for speeding or failing to stop at pedestrian crossings rising four-fold to B4,000, when the amended Land Traffic Act comes into force on Monday (Sept 5).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 3 September 2022, 10:03AM


People cross a pedestrian crossing at the Asoke intersection in Bangkok while a motorcyclist encroaches on the space, which is a violation of traffic rules. Photo: Apichart Jinakul / Bangkok Post file

People cross a pedestrian crossing at the Asoke intersection in Bangkok while a motorcyclist encroaches on the space, which is a violation of traffic rules. Photo: Apichart Jinakul / Bangkok Post file

Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapat, the deputy national police chief and director of the traffic management centre, on Friday outlined the new penalties, reports the Bangkok Post.

  • Motorists convicted of drink 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 same 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.
  • Fines for traffic law offenders will be increased from B1,000 to B4,000 for driving at speeds exceeding the legal limit, jumping red lights at intersections and failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing.
  • Fines for those who drive backwards, fail to wear crash helmets and safety belts will be increased from B500 to B2,000.
  • Drivers convicted of driving without regard for the safety of others’ lives will face up to one year in jail and/or a fine of between B5,000 and B20,000, compared with up to three months’ jail and/or a fine of B2,000 to B10,000 at present.

The amended traffic law also imposes heavy penalties for street racers, organisers of street races and operators of shops that modify motorcycles for street racing.

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Wiesel | 06 September 2022 - 18:37:10

@Capri: It is also illegal to drive without a helmet or driver's license and it costs a fine anyway, which police collects if the illegal driver shows up. Even ignorance does not protect against punishment. In other countries the vehicle would be confiscated, here you even get a license for one day. Anyone who drives illegally here knows the risk of being caught. 

Capricornball | 05 September 2022 - 18:13:12

@Wiesel,, because it is illegal to rent motorbikes to unlicensed people (and for good reason, as you mentioned). The law has been on the books for a long long time. Rental companies don't give 1 s#!^ who gets on a motorbike, just want baht from illegal business dealing. They are the initial source of the problem, and not once have I heard of fines being levied, even after fatalities.

Wiesel | 05 September 2022 - 15:22:10

@Capricornball: What bothers you about penalties that the police collect for offenses? Do you want more of those scooter riders who can't drive, obstruct and endanger traffic, ride in the middle of the road and do it flirt with bar girls or watch shop windows? And what do you care about what rental companies do?

Capricornball | 04 September 2022 - 20:23:09

@Wiesel, come on mate. Most of us that live here know better. We wear helmets, have licenses, and generally follow the rules. We all know that police are not enforcing anything, they are mainly fleecing money from unsuspecting tourists that shouldn't be able to rent motorbike in the first place. If there was any "law enforcement", rental companies would be going out of business.

Wiesel | 04 September 2022 - 11:58:53

I drive over the Chalong circle several times a day, wear helmet instead of swimming trunks, carry the right documents and driving license with me and the vehicles used are o.k. In 21 years I've been checked about 4 times and I've never had to pay a fine. If you don't do anything wrong, you won't be billed!! So what are you getting excited about!! That the police are doing their jo...

Kurt | 04 September 2022 - 10:34:06

The Chalong police station cops are so keen to 'function' at Chalong Circle that they now even during lunch- and dinner time work there. Which not happened in the past.

JohnC | 04 September 2022 - 10:30:48

Fines for those that drive backwards??? Usually it is called reversing which is perfectly legal. That's why cars have a reverse gear. 

Old guy | 03 September 2022 - 19:48:53

I don't know about Bangkok, but, does this mean Phuket will hire a police to actually enforce this? They have none now. 

Capricornball | 03 September 2022 - 16:24:06

I bet every low level cop in Phuket will be paying dearly for a spot on the Chalong and Patong police force, as those traffic stops will instantly increase their under the table incomes by 400%. Institutional thievery, as it will surely effect tourists more than anyone. Unsafe driving tickets? yeah right. Taxis and minivans=no problem. Farangs and tourists will bear the brunt of this as well

Kurt | 03 September 2022 - 12:54:53

 Realistic 'fine upgrading', fitting present time frame. Now lets hope it not becomes a 'dual' thing. ( lesser fines for Thai, more fines for foreigners. Like at Chalong Circle)

Capricornball | 03 September 2022 - 12:41:13

All a waste of breath. The only change we will see is that now, money hungry cops will receive a pay raise at their baloney check points that are mainly set up to fleece farangs for no helmets or license.  I predict that not even 1% of Thais will pay any attention to this, and Thailand will maintain it's position near the bottom of global road death statistics.

 

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