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Thailand to cut down on uninsured vehicles on the road

Caitlin Ashworth



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Thailand’s Land Transport officials are trying to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road driving without compulsory car or motorbike insurance. Those without valid insurance will not be able to renew their vehicle registration.

To track insurance, an interactive data base is being set up by the Office of Insurance Commission, and the Department of Land Transport. The IT system will provide real-time data so the DLT can efficiently check if registered vehicles have insurance, this from the secretary general Suthiphon Taweechaiyagarn of the OIC speaking to the Bangkok Post. At the moment, the department doesn’t know the exact number of uninsured vehicles on the road, but DLT director-general Jirut Visaljit says he suspects most of the uninsured vehicles are probably motorcycles.

“We can serve people faster with a system to connect car insurance information and compel all vehicle owners to comply with the law.”

Car and motorbike insurance has been required for the past 27 years under the Road Accident Victims Protection Act and is paid when you pay your annual registration fees. The insurance covers 500,000 baht for fatal traffic incidents, according to the Chiang Rai Times. Car insurance starts at 600 baht per year while motorbike insurance starts at 150 baht per year and goes up to 600 baht per year for motorcycles over 150cc horsepower.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 9:47 am

    100% good decision !

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    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:15 am

    only if the driver/rider has a license, if not insurance is not valid

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Wow. B600 a year insurance for a car.
    But do they pay out?

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:46 am

      Sadly, we’ve had plenty of experience at this. On the plus side, the insurance companies have always paid out, in our case.

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        Wolf Machatch

        Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:58 am

        How can an unregistered car be insured?
        Just about every third car here in Chiang Rai country is unregistered

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          Issan John

          Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:16 pm

          That would seem to be a major part of the problem, which is why I can’t understand what’s supposed to be the great change.

          Unregistered cars and bikes are obviously uninsured; so are those registered but driven by those without a licence. Go to many city schools and the police are there, morning and afternoon, stopping the traffic so a flood of motorbikes driven by the students can go in and out driven by teenagers and kids as young as 10 or 11.

          What’s this possibly going to change?

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        Jeff Jewel

        Monday, October 5, 2020 at 12:35 pm

        150cc horsepower…..nice writing…..again,Caitlin.

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    Gary Pinner

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Anybody stopped and found with no insurance should have their vehicle impounded. They should be fined and only have their vehicle returned once they show proof they have insurance arranged.

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      rinky stingpiece

      Friday, October 2, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      aah, you’ve just uttered the magic word… “fine”… everything fine…

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    Issan John

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    I’m baffled. You can’t renew annual road tax without insurance.

    That’s been the system for years. What’s new?

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      Ricky Cleats

      Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:38 am

      Exactly, you just try and get tags with no insurance. They mean get cars
      off the road with no tags or insurance.

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      Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:36 am

      They don’t renew tax either!

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    Issan John

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Yes it pays out, but the government / mandatory insurance is limited to pretty much third party, personal injury.

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    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:34 am

    The first thing they should do when stopping any motorist for any offence is to fine for every offence. No insurance, no tax, no helmet whatever the offence.. then also simply apply a judgement that prevents anyone attempting to claim against a 3rd party insurance if you don’t have insurance yourself. Too many times particularly against farangs spurious claims are made when the claimant has no valid insurance themselves.

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    Anh Lam

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Yaa yaa yaa, all talk and NO Action by the enforcers. When will the police management infirm their piluce officers to get their “S__T” together and do their work! There is never WALK THE TALK actions, only “TALK THE TALK”! So, its in the Police, Government and Uninsured, Unlicensed People that need to make the change and “BUCK UP” to their responsibilities.

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    Alan Vacquier

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    So you mean they are going to start to do their job properly at last.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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