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Thousands arrested nationwide for illegal motorbike racing



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Since the lifting of the national curfew on June 14, gangs of illegal street racers, known as “dek waen” or “vanz boys” have quickly returned to Thailand’s roads. From June 20-30, police arrested more than 5,600 racers and seized more than 17,700 bikes nationwide. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned against gatherings and street racing, and says that regardless of the curfew police should take action against the racers, even threatening a renewed curfew. During the curfew, public complaints on illegal street races dropped from over 600 to less than 300 a month.

The assistant national police chief says Bangkok police and the Provincial Police Region 1 which covers the lower central plains, arrested 109 such racers, seized 11,743 motorcycles and prosecuted 3,088 shops for illegally modifying motorcycle parts. Most modifications were to motorcycles’ exhaust pipes, increasing the noise they make, thus the locally coined word “vanz.” Police also put 668 parents of illegal racers on probation.

The Provincial Police Region 8, covering the lower South, says it seized 237 motorbikes and 311 illegally modified exhaust pipes, and put 175 young motorcyclists and 28 parents on probation. Police in the northeastern Ubon Ratchathani province arrested 85 motorcyclists and seized 317 motorcycles and about 300 modified exhaust pipes. Police in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima arrested 476 motorcyclists and seized 665 bikes and 204 substandard exhaust pipes.

The Provincial Police Region 6, which oversees part of the North, arrested 6 racers, put 1,921 motorcyclists and 212 parents on probation and seized 1,306 motorcycles.

The Provincial Police Region 7 which also covers lower south provinces put 5,009 motorcyclists on probation and seized 4,632 bikes and 357 modified or substandard exhaust pipes.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Sam Thompson

    Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:27 am

    They need to adopt a more strict, Singapore style arrest and punishment system. Openly state what the punishments will be e.g. Strike 1 – fine B5,000 and confiscate bike or license (or both) for a named period. Strike 2 – fine B10,000 and scrap the motorbike (+ confiscation as above). Strike 3 – fine B20,000, scrap bike and jail time. Having stated the punishments publicly (whatever they decide), it is then imperative that they follow through on these and impose them…..see if that works

    • Alan

      Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Agreed but actually following through with penalties is just about nonsensical here, generally resulting in a 500 baht fine and mum and dad get a warning..maybe give (the legal bikes and licensed riders) an opportunity to ride on one of the major race tracks around the country and get the thrill out of their system once or twice a week.

  2. William

    Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    The police in my town let people scream down the road at 2am on motorbikes that would wake the dead. I think that they have a lot of passive aggressive issues. Being a jerk should not be something to aspire to.

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