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Phuket police confirm speed limit of bypass road after locals complain

Tanutam Thawan

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Phuket police are confirming the island’s bypass road speed limit as 50 kilometres per hour. That is, despite years of back and forth between motorists and the law. The latest announcement comes after locals posted online copies of their speeding tickets, which showed the confirmed limit. The stretch of road, almost the only stretch of road where you could get a car up to 100 kph, has long been a speedway for cars, trucks and vans.

The reason they are complaining is due to the fact that they say they were under the impression that speeding tickets would only be given to those caught exceeding 100 kilometres per hour along the bypass. They say police have assured for years that this would be the case.

Phuket City Traffic Police Deputy Chief Rungrit Rattanaphakdee says that normally motorists are allowed to drive up to 80 kilometres per hour on municipality roads but the bypass road’s speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour.

“Although drivers of private cars and motorbikes can drive not over 80 kilometres per hour on municipality roads in accordance with the Road Traffic Act B.E. 2522, all drivers must follow the 50 kilometres per hour signs installed along the bypass road.”

But his interpretation of the law contradicts a statement in 2015 by former Phuket Highways Office Chief Samak Liedwonghat and Teerawat Liamsakun, who was Phuket City Police Chief at the time. Samak said back then, that the signs with a white background and red circle are advisory only. In other words, not mandatory. Teerawat also concurred with Samak, in 2015, by saying that the signs were advisory only but warned that drivers may have an accident if they don’t comply with the advisory speed limit on the signs.

“Actually, speed is limited by law on this road [the bypass road] to 80 kilometres per hour in tessabaan (municipal) areas and 90 kilometres per hour in other parts. Our speed cameras are set to detect vehicles going faster than 100. Anyone caught going faster than that risks receiving a speeding ticket in the mail.”

Now, Rungrit says the speed limit is mandatory but motorists would not be issued tickets by the speed cameras unless motorists’ speeds were higher than 100 kilometres per hour.

Locals say they are still confused as they say Rungrit didn’t respond as to why the motorists were being ticketed when travelling under 100 kilometres per hour as he maintains that fines are only given to those going over 100 kilometres per hour. The photos of the tickets showed most of those ticketed to be travelling at speeds of 90-99 kilometres per hour, which directly contradicts Rungrit’s new interpretation of the law.

“….So far we have had tickets issued only to the drivers who drove faster than 100 kilometres per hour.”

“The signs are there to remind drivers to drive carefully under the speed limit, as normally drivers drive very fast on the road, leading to accidents.”

“We are trying to use technology to charge drivers’ behaviour, so we use speed cameras and have tickets sent to their homes. As you can see, we never set up any checkpoint along the bypass road, except during the long holidays.”

To be clear, Rungrit says the bypass road speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour, but you may be ticketed if your speed exceeds 100 kilometres per hour. That is, despite locals receiving tickets for going 90-99 kilometres per hour.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Clear as mud.

    As usual.

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      kenny

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:32 pm

      yes I have seen those advisory signs there right next to the ones adviceing you not to drink more than half a litre of strong sprits when driving , which every one knows means you will only be prosecuted if you drink more than a litre!

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    Ynwaps

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    So the speed limit is 50 km/h, but one can drive 99 km/h without being fined but locals found out the penalty might actually be enforced 40 km/h above the speed limit.
    What a mess lol

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    kenny

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    yes I have seen those advisory signs there right next to the ones adviceing you not to drink more than half a litre of strong sprits when driving , which every one knows means you will only be prosecuted if you drink more than a litre!

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    Mr cynic

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    This should provide a welcome boost to the station tea kitty.

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    jono

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:05 am

    What a circus.

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    Colin G

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:58 am

    According to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, a circular sign with a white background and red border is a mandatory sign. Not only is this a long-established international standard, anyone who has been taught the basics of road safety will know this.

    To tell drivers that they can exceed the posted speed limit by such a large margin (although that margin is totally unclear from the contradictions in the article) before being penalised seems a little unwise.

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    Dreqo

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I’ve yet to receive any citations via camera, despite an average of 125-130. Are we certain they actually work? ?

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    Tony Andrews

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    It is a good thing. Traffic laws are not enforced enough in Thailand, hence the high road deaths.

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    Kim

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    You have to be extremely careful NOT to drive within the speed limit. Was nearly rear ended by a tailgating buffalo cement truck driver who also shouted some low class buffalo thai to me, because I drove 50km/h which apparently this poor cu.t did not accept.

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