Connect with us

Thailand

Stopped by police? Here’s the new fines for traffic violations

Published

 on 

FILE PHOTO

If you drive a motorbike in Thailand, odds are you’ll get stopped by police at a checkpoint. Most of the time police, are just checking for driver’s licenses and making sure those riding on motorbikes are wearing helmets. In the past, some police have charged up to 500 baht for not having a Thai driver’s license. Now it’s set at 200 baht, officially.

The Royal Thai Police just posted a revised set of fines for traffic violations. While not having a license is 200 baht, using a smartphone while driving is a heftier fine at 500 baht. Police say people need to use auxiliary equipment when making a phone call while driving.

Police are cracking down on vehicles that emit an excessive amount of exhaust (they’ll be busy!). It’s a 1,000 baht fine if the car’s or truck’s pipe is puffing out clouds of black fumes. Trucks loaded with explosives and hazardous objects need to have warning signs. If they don’t have a sign displayed, they face a 1,000 baht fine.

Taxi drivers also need to make sure they take customers using the quickest route. Driver’s who take passengers a long way in order to make more money could face a 1,000 baht fine.

Here are some of the common traffic violations with fines ranging from 200 baht to 500 baht:

200 baht fines

  • Driving without a license

400 baht fines

  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to stop for an emergency vehicle

500 baht fines

  • Speeding
  • Driving without license plates
  • Using a cell phone without auxiliary equipment
  • Disobeying traffic lights

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. jake

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Traffic fines are supposed to act as deterrents. These fine amounts are laughable. 400 baht? 500 baht?

    It really seems like the police view fines as a source of revenue. Keep the fines low enough that nobody will obey the laws and then they will have a constant source of cash flowing in from the offenses.

    Amazing Thailand indeed!!

  2. Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Not clear if the driver’s license must be Thai.

  3. James

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Your headline: “Here’s the new fines…” It should read, “Here are the new fines.” Just saying…

    From a retired English teacher & active grammar n*z*

  4. BC

    Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    400 baht for a “normal” local motorbike driver is usually not inconsequential for them. Using a phone while driving a car should be doubled or tripled for each subsequent offence. BMWs, Mercedes, etc drivers more? Won’t work, however, due primarily to the dark (and ridiculously dangerous) windshield tinting that is allowed here. If attempts at making Thai roads safer are at all serious, that’s one thing (amoung many)that has to go.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand News Today | FIFA threatens to pull plug on World Cup broadcast rights in Thailand

Press Room6 hours ago

Iconic chef “Alain DUCASSE” returns to Bangkok for 3rd anniversary celebrations of Blue by Alain Ducasse

Koh Samui6 hours ago

VIDEO: Naked Russian man walks around with erection in Koh Samui

Sponsored14 hours ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Thailand6 hours ago

Druggie arrested after inviting netizens to take crystal meth

Events7 hours ago

E-San Music Festival draws thousands to northeast Thailand this weekend

Travel7 hours ago

Where to go in Thailand in December

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Entertainment7 hours ago

Two lucky Thaiger readers get to spend An Evening with Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne

World Cup7 hours ago

Somewhere over the rainbow lie Qatar’s homosexuality laws

Thailand7 hours ago

Man savaged to death by his pet wild boar

Thailand8 hours ago

14 computer hackers arrested for spamming over 115 govt sites with gambling ads

Transport8 hours ago

F35 fighter jets head RTAF wish list

Bangkok8 hours ago

Murdered transwoman thrown into canal ‘still alive’ in central Thailand

Hua Hin8 hours ago

Hua Hin International Jazz Festival coming up

Tourism9 hours ago

Tour operators reluctant to fund staff training

Thailand9 hours ago

Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2022 starts today

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending