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Separate licence to be required for big bikes

Jack Burton



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The Cabinet yesterday approved rules on the issuing and renewal of drivers’ licences as proposed by the Transport Ministry, agreeing that “big bike” motorcyclists will require a different licence from those of smaller, less powerful motorbikes, and applicants will need to pass special training and a test before being granted a licence, according to a government spokesperson.

“The details of the training and test will be announced by the director-general of the Department of Land Transport,” Traisulee said. The objectives of these regulations are to reduce road accidents and promote safety among vehicle users as well as pedestrians, and to update training and tests to suit the current situation.”

A source within the department said the regulations are part of efforts to reduce the growing number of traffic incidents caused by big bikes, as these are more powerful than regular motorbikes and scooters, and need a higher level of skill and experience to ride:

“One of the criteria for applying for a big-bike licence is that applicants must have a minimum number of years of experience in riding a normal motorcycle, in order to reduce the number of inexperienced big-bike riders on the road.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Perceville Smithers

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:50 am

    That’s pretty standard. Surprised it’s not in place already. Have designated facilties that riders have to attend and pass classroom and hands-on training. Get your certificate then present it to the motor vehicle dept.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I used to hire big motorbikes all the time in Pattaya.
    I never do now due to being targeted by the police. Even when a foreigner is totally legal they will fine the foreigner for something.
    Another case of Thais killing the golden goose.
    There are few places to hire big bikes in Pattaya now.

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      Perceville Smithers

      Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Fines for what? I’ve seen riders stopped for no helmet but don’t what happens after that.

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        Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:36 pm

        In Phuket or Pattaya, 500 bath if you don’t use helmet

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          Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:59 pm

          maybe if your a foreigner I see 100’s of locals around Phuket without helmets

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        Anh Lam

        Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 9:10 am

        Must have paid the underpaid cop under the drivers license cash.. Such a miserable way to earn a living.

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    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    It’s a good idea on paper BUT
    Neither the Thai car driver license nor the bike license is teaching people anything.

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      Anh Lam

      Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Ynwaps, your right. The Thai transport department were you actually get your drivers license is really a joke. Training to qualify is the bases of being able to drive safely… I had wondered when they, DLT staff monitoring the class on safety were goung to pass out popcorn… What a joke.

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    Bob Ume

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Why not start with having a license in general…

    None of Thai people I asked has a license, common answer is “it’s to hard test”. So they and there 11year old children drives anyway.

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      Anh Lam

      Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 9:15 am

      Bob, I myself know for a fact, and DLT better hear me say this, young kuds 10 – 15 year old in my village drive and race motorcycles all the time. Now come the LALAMOVE, GRAB, FOOD PANDA and their social thai misdemeanor, license, they need to be tested, qualufied not by underpaid DLT personal, who by the way make their living under the table, but by Us Qualufied Falangs, then see how things would go.. I like yiur comment!!!

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    Bob Ume

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    How about a requirement for a license in general.

    Few Thai people I ask have a driver license, reason is “it’s too hard to get”

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    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    What about Ferraris ?

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    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    How about bringing the basic test standard for all motorbikes and cars up to an international standard and then increasing that further for bigger bikes.

    I saw the test track in Phuket where driving tests are taken, I had to laugh as it took about two minutes to drive around, a ten-year-old kid could pass the test. Only one car on the test track at any one time.

    24,000 people killed a year on the roads here, in the UK it is 1500 deaths, still too many but at least an improvement, the test in the UK is taken on real roads and takes 45 minutes, most people do not pass first time around due to hight pass standards.

    I am not claiming we are special as many European country’s tests are difficult to pass.

    Plus here in Phuket, only 50% of people wear crash helmets as I see when driving around.

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    Robert K Choate

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Experience and responsibility and safety gear are the most important things a person needs to learn. Experience with Thai traffic gained driving a scooter under 150cc for 2 years and remember night and day traffic is different. Responsibility to yourself, to your family, and other drivers on the road. Parents should also have the responsibility to say NO if your son or daughter does not have experience driving scooters first. Lastly is safety gear I see people including police officers not wearing a helmet all the time on scooters and big bikes, this is a must to enforce the law right across the range from scooters to big bikes, drivers and passengers must both wear all the time, remember your head is the only thing that will not heal itself. Once the Government starts teaching people these thoughts it should cut down on deaths on scooters and big bikes.

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    Bob Ume

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Have a look at this site, Thai traffic deaths in real-time , quite scary

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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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