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Separate licence to be required for big bikes

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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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        Spain

        Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:36 pm

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

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          charles

          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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    Ynwaps

    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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    K.David

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    What about Ferraris ?

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    james

    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

    http://www.thairsc.com/

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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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Foreigners advised to do 90 day reports by mail while Thai Immigration system is down

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While the Thai Immigration’s online system for 90 day reporting is down (it’s been down for many of our readers who have been trying to do their 90 day reports for over 3 months), foreigners living in Thailand still need to report their address every 3 months.

Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun says there are 2 other ways… either by mail or in-person. With the ongoing Covid-19 situation, Natapanu advises foreigners do their 90 day report by mail.

“The recommendation is that foreign nationals who have to report their residence every 3 months to immigration should do this by post… by writing a letter to confirm and report their residence every 3 months.”

Natapanu says the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration agreed on the recommendation at a recent meeting. He says more information about 90 day reporting will be announced soon.

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Khon Kaen University terminates well-known American scholar after he allegedly participates in decentralisation workshop

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Khon Kaen University’s famous American scholar, David Eirich Streckfuss, is now without a work permit after his participation in a workshop that partially involved decentralisation. The university terminated his work permit after immigration police paid him a vist, in what they say, was a routine interview for visa extensions.

Streckfuss is an independent academic who oversees the Council on International Educational Exchange Khon Kaen programme at the university, which was founded in 1994. He also founded The Isaan Record during his 30 years spent in the Kingdom.

Prachatai, released the termination letter that featured the KKU Faculty of Public Health citing an “inability to perform assigned duties” as the reason for ending his contract as project director before its August 15 renewal date. Streckfuss’ contract at the Faculty of Public Health from 15 August 2020 to 15 August 2021, was cancelled on 19 March 2021, according to the university’s announcement.

The decision reportedly came after police visited the University President and Faculty Dean, after Streckfuss participated in a workshop which partly involved decentralisation. Since the cancellation of his work permit, Streckfuss has been on a 30 day visa which will expire next Monday. Now, he is working on getting a work permit with the Buffalo Birds Production Co., a company that produces documentaries and organises events where he is currently working as a coordinator. The company is a registerd company of The Isaan Record, in which he founded.

Prachatai indicated that The Isaan Record is also trying to secure a work permit for Streckfuss, as he says this is the first time that his work permit has been cancelled in this manner. He says Immigration police came to interview him and Khon Kaen University for the 3rd time on 16 April. But the Immigration Division Commander says the interview is just a standard procedure to be carried out when foreigners submit an application for a visa extension.

Streckfuss has written for the Bangkok Post and he has also been published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He is also the author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté, published by Routledge Press, in 2011. Streckfuss has a PhD in Southeast Asian history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Thailand is looking to make it easier for expats and long-term visa holders to stay in the country. The Immigration Bureau is hoping to boost investments and the economy once the pandemic is over. The proposed changes could do away with 90 day reporting requirements which have been well-received by expats.

Recently, the online website to report 90 day check-ins has been down, citing maintenance issues. Hotel staff have also been dealing with the TM-30 reporting system being down. Chayotid Kridakorn, a former head of JP Morgan Securities Thailand, told the Bangkok Post that immigration hoops are a key pain point for foreigners working in Thailand.

“We want to make it easier for foreigners to live and work in Thailand.”

Meanwhile, plans to help Thailand recover economically have been detailed in a framework to be proposed to the government’s economic panel in the next month. Improvements to immigration regulations, work permits for foreign experts, and visa applications are on the framework list. Relaxing location reporting requirements for foreign workers which is done through the 90 day reporting, is also slated to be amended.

The framework also will include inducements for foreign investors such as corporate income-tax cuts, relaxed property-holding rules and incentives for retirees and start-up companies. An adviser to Thailand’s Deputy PM, says he aims to bring in 1 million retirees or pensioners over the next few years. He says expats could collectively contribute as much as 1.2 trillion baht to the economy each year. But Thailand’s gross domestic product growth won’t return to pre-Covid levels until the 3rd quarter of 2022, according to the Bank of Thailand.

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