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

Caitlin Ashworth

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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

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    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!!

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm

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

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    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*

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    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.

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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.

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Officials in Pattaya and Koh Larn say there are currently no plans to close the island to visitors despite a man who worked briefly at a local restaurant testing positive for Covid-19. It’s understood the worker was employed from April 3 to April 6, before quitting. During his short employment stint, he visited a number of nightlife venues in Pattaya during the course of one evening, before returning to the island. The name of the restaurant where he worked has not been released.

The man was later contacted by contact-tracers and subsequently tested positive for the virus. The Pattaya News reports that the restaurant on Koh Larn was closed for 3 days, with officials testing several people the man had come into contact with. It’s understood all have tested negative but are self-isolating for 14 days.

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Health officials say those people and entertainment businesses who helped spur a third wave of Covid-19 in Thailand may face legal action against them. A 26 year old woman, who allegedly boarded a plane on April 11 in Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport after testing positive for the virus, has been pointed out by Chraspong Sukree, the chief of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s public health office. He says health officials are working with authorities in Bangkok to press charges against her. She was travelling to Nakhon Si Thammarat and caused havoc at the airports, making passengers nervous. Charaspong says she will be charged with withholding information.

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Officials have vowed to take legal action against reckless individuals and irresponsible business owners who spread Covid-19. A number of businesses in Bangkok and Phuket are accused of violating the emergency decree and disease prevention measures by hosting large-scale parties that sparked a rise in infections that has now spread across the country.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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