New points system for traffic violations

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New points system for traffic violations comes into force mid-year



New points system for traffic violations comes into force mid-year | The Thaiger


Keeping your license will now be a bit more complicated under amendments to the Thai Road Traffic Act. But good drivers have nothing to worry about. There’s now a new points system added to the Road Traffic Act which will come into force when it’s finally announced in the Royal Gazette.

The National Legislative Assembly sat yesterday to vote the new amendment into law by 138 votes to 1.

Under the new system a driver will start with 12 points. Points will then be deducted based on the severity of the violation. Points will keep being deducted until you reach 0 points. At this point your license is automatically suspended and you’ll need undertake additional training to get it back.

As an example if you run a red light you’ll be fined one point. Failure to get out of the way of an ambulance will cost you three points.
Traffic tickets and fines will still be issued in addition to the new points system. A new linking of the databases of the Registration Branch and the Police traffic violation listings now means that bad drivers will have to pay their fines before they can re-register their vehicles each year.


One of the new amendments says that car rental companies must inform police and provide them with evidence within 30 days if one of their customers violated any traffic laws. If they don’t provide this information they will have to pay a fine five times the value of the original fine.
 

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One of the new amendments says that car rental companies must inform police and provide them with evidence within 30 days if one of their customers violated any traffic laws. If they don’t provide this information they will have to pay a fine five times the value of the original fine.

Yeah, right. I can see that working. Not.

I've never ridden or driven in this country without seeing traffic laws violated. Are we to sit every renter down at the end of a bike hire and ask them if they've been naughty?

Seriously though, I'm guessing this is for the recovery of speed camera fines? If so, almost certainly, the offender will have left the country by the time the ticket is issued. Sure... we know who had which bike, and when. Sure, we can provide their details. You - the government - have their details that you can match to that. What's next? Interpol? ..... or, are we to keep deposits until given the all-clear?
 

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Its the opposite of the Uk where you start with a clean licence and if you collect twelve points within three years you get banned.

Unlike the UK where any points expire after three years there was no mention of this happening in Thailand which doesnt seem right.

What happens to those of us who are on an International Driving Licence?
 
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