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Ignorant foreigner stops traffic to take pictures of a 10-wheel truck

An ignorant foreigner was caught on a TikTok video parking his pickup in the middle of the road just so he could take pictures of a full-decorated Thai 10-wheel truck on a road in the Isaan province of Sakhon Nakhon.

The 10-wheel truck driver recorded a video of the foreigner, totally oblivious to his surroundings on a busy road, and uploaded it to his TikTok account, zico.shock, last Friday, February 10. The video caption sarcastically read… “Tons of crazy things happen to my life. Take your time man.”

The footage showed the ignorant man parking his orange pickup and trying with some difficulty to take pictures of the truck with his mobile phone, despite the fact he was holding up traffic.

The man got out of his car when traffic had come to a standstill. He then struggled to operate his phone and left drivers frustrated when traffic started moving. Watch the video HERE.

The video is very popular among Thai TikTokers. It got over 360,000 likes and nearly 4,000 comments. Remarkably, many netizens found the man’s behaviour OK. Netizens said…

“Let’s forget about the green light for a while. It might be his dream car. Forgive him haha.”

“He is lovely! You (the truck driver) are also very lovely for letting him take his time.”

“Glasses please!”

“Hope he doesn’t send the picture to the Land Transport Department!”

Many netizens reckoned the man may have been fascinated by the appearance of the 10-wheel truck. These types of trucks in Thailand are typically adorned with bright colours, and feature more than 20 large lights at the front, as well as a prominent sign displaying the name of the car or car company, and ornate wiper panels, among other decorations.

The most popular decoration is the Michelin mascot dolls which are attached near the left and right rear mirrors. Some truck drivers put a light inside their Michelin dolls so they are illuminated at night like guardian angels.

Another truck driver revealed in the comments that a foreigner was impressed by his illuminated Michelin doll and bought it from him for 10,000 baht.

Most of these decorative collections are considered illegal according to the Department of Land Transport (DLT).

For example, more than a 30% change in the car colour will result in a fine of up to 2,000 baht according to Sections 13 and 60 of the Vehicle Act. Any driver wanted to change the colour of their car must report it to the DLT.

The use of colourful lights that can affect other drivers’ vision is considered to violate Section 38 of the Land Transport Act and will result in a fine of up to 2,000 baht.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.