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Transport Department clarifies “big bike” licencing rule

Jack Burton




The Deparment of Land Transport yesterday clarified the recently announced licencing requirement for drivers of “big bikes” ie larger more powerful motorcycles than the 110-150cc scooters normally seen on Thai streets. The definition will be bikes with engines of 400CC and up, according to the department’s deputy director-general.

Applicants for these licenses will have to be trained and tested separately from the requirements for other licenses, and provide a medical certificate showing they’re fit to be the driver the large bikes. The new requirement is expected to be enacted within 120 days as the DLT formulates the exact protocols for the testing and licensing procedures.

The new requirement is in response to what the DLT says is an increasing number of accidents involving bigger, more powerful motorbikes, especially with untrained and inexperienced drivers.

In addition, the DLT is exploring restricting drivers licenses from those with certain medical conditions, such as being legally blind or subject to seizures, as well as diseases that could affect driving ability.

Well, yeah, that’s a GOOD idea.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I agree. Blind people shouldn’t ride big bikes •LOL•

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    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    “Big bike”. If you tell a potential Thai girlfriend the truth that you are driving a 300 cc Honda Forza, the reply is that a man has to have at least an 800 cc Kawasaki to qualify as a boyfriend. And then again, if you want to leave your Honda PCX in a private motorbike park, you will pay 40 THB instead of 20 THB because you are driving a “big bike”. Welcome to Thailand. The land of 1000 smiles.. And 10000 vague definitions which depend on whom you ask.

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    Morten Jakobsen, Pattaya

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I understand from prior DLT information, that the aim os to treat the big bikes more like cars under the law. This makes sense ONLY if the +400 cc bikes get all the same rights as cars, including access to toll/elevated roads, and over/under passes and bridges which currently are banned for motorcycles. In Bangkok the situation with bridge and elevated road access is so bad that many MC riders end up taking a ferry across the river instead of just cross on a bridge like cars. In developed nations, larger motorcycles can naturally travel on the safest roads, which are the motorways. This should be followed in Thailand.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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