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Speed limit on Thailand’s highways to be increased to 120 kilometres an hour

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The government has approved an official increase in the upper speed limit on Thailand’s national and rural highways, with the aim of improving traffic flow. The new maximum speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour has been confirmed by spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul, after the Cabinet approved a draft regulation proposed by the Transport Ministry.

If you’ve ever driven on a Thai freeway or motorway you’d already know that much of the traffic drives in excess of 100 kilometres an hour and sometimes even more than the new 120 kph limit.

According to a Bangkok Post report, the new speed limit is applicable only to highways with at least 2 lanes travelling in the same direction and traffic islands that have barriers. It will not apply in the case of roads that have U-turns at ground level.

The upper speed limit will not apply in the case of all vehicles. Trucks that weigh over 2,200 kilograms, and buses carrying more than 15 passengers, cannot exceed 90 kilometres an hour. Buses with between 7 – 15 people on board can travel at speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour. The exception is school buses, which cannot exceed 80 kilometres an hour (even if they wanted too!).

In the case of motorbikes, smaller bikes cannot go above 80 kilometres an hour. Bikes with 400cc engines, or 35-kilowatt (47hp) engines or above, cannot exceed 100 kilometres an hour. Meanwhile, vehicles in the furthest right-hand lane must maintain a speed of no less than 100 kilometres an hour.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10:54 am

    I already drive 110-120km on the highway.

    It will be good to pick up the overall highway movement.

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    Timmytime

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Just the recommended speed limit i guess, not like anyone is paying the speed limits on any road any attention whatsoever anyway. How about do something about drunk driving instead.

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    Fabian

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:06 am

    A great way to try and decrease the death toll… oh my god.

    Look at how they drive in Thailand. Random speeds at random lanes. That’s so dangerous and it’s just going to get worse.

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      Morgan Dernsjoe

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      Yes!!!! Scrap the drug and alko tests, then increase speed limits!!
      Please give me the logic!? It’s not bad enough as it is?
      COMPLETLY UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:26 am

    About time and a good move, with a “slow” lane and a “fast” lane, not an “overtaking” lane.

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      Fabian

      Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:38 am

      In theory yes, but who abides by the rules? That’s the problem. It’s the wild East here on the road.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Any confirmation when it starts?

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    Peter

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Well I suppose it’s a reliable way of tackling over population without the political repercussions of advocating culling. I find it quite hilarious that the country with the second worse road deaths statistics in the world actually increases the speed limits, instead of increasing the proper enforcement of existing road safety laws and driver standards training.

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      Bob

      Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      Welcome to Thailand LOS. Lots Of Speed

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    Mike

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:49 am

    This is a really good idea. With Thailand having the most dangerous roads in the World, this way the Police will have less paperwork to do and fines to fiddle/pocket. Unfortunately for the long-suffering Thai people the death toll on the roads will continue to rise.

    The Thai people deserve better

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Am I allowed this speed limit on my bicycle?

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      Steve

      Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      Only as long as you are not carrying more than 4people and not wearing a crash helmet

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    I think I can manage that, and I suppose it will be ok to text while I am cycling.

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      Fabian

      Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      Only when you have a 60.000.000 baht + medical coverage in your insurance. Then they don’t care. I mean, then they welcome you to do so.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Shit most will have to slow down that means…….

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    Wayne

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING … that’ll save lives on the road AND speed cameras. Thet started enforcing it this year – got 2 x 500bht speeding tickets in the mail … oh, and stop handing out drivers licences in corn flake packets. While you’re at it – build barriers on every highway to stop bikes, cars, buses and trucks hitting trees, poles, on-coming traffic, or even 20′ gullies. That’ll save most of the unreported 60,000 deaths a year … at home we lose a thousand people a year – not here: A THOUSAND PEOPLE A WEEK!!! INFRASTRUCTURE BOYS – get 40-50,000 people employed on a national roads campaign and STOP KILLING THAIS WITH YOUR PATHETIC INACTION – SHAME ON YOU! (Lost 2 family members in head-on crash that should never have happened) SHAME ON YOU!

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:07 am

      Sorry, but I strongly disagree that “KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING” saves lives.

      All the evidence I’ve seen suggests the opposite, that it costs lives as it makes the left lane far more crowded with vehicles travelling much closer together, with reduced stopping distances, and vehicles constantly changing lanes.

      On the other hand having a ‘fast’ and a ‘slow’ lane divides the vehicles between the two lanes so you have bigger gaps between vehicles and increased stopping distances, and less lane changes to overtake.

      What’s that obviously strong opinion based on?

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    James

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 2:36 am

    Highways with no ground lever U-Turns? That means 90% of Thai ‘Highways’ will still have to use the current sped limit then.

    What about ‘highways’ with traffic lights, do they have to stick to the current speed limits?

    Most so-called ‘highways’ in Thailand are no more than glorified A-roads in Europe.

    I use the Southern Highway between Krabi and Surat Thani quite a lot, can we start by first stopping people using each side of the highway as separate two-way roads.

    Every time I use it I see headlights coming towards me as the car is being driven the wrong way down the highway, they do use the cycle section of the road thinking that makes it much safer.

    I have not had an accident yet but lots of close ones, but I have seen lots of accidents, you have to drive in a defensive way, no 120 KMH for me.

    But I must admit it is fun driving in Thailand, it is like driving bumper-cars at a funfair.

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    Social Observer

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 1:36 am

    If the limit is 100 they will drive 120. If the limit is 120 they will drive 140. The accidents will be even more deadly.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:16 am

      I’d suggest that with a ‘slow’ lane and a ‘fast’ lane (rather than an ‘overtaking’ lane) that should make things safer.

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    Tony

    Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Until the Thai police start enforcing the driving laws and the Thai people have more respect for them
    Nothing will change they will still drive like idiots

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