Phuket man caught using fake red license plates to avoid loan payments

Photo: Phuket Highway Police

Phuket Highway Police apprehended a man using counterfeit red license plates on his vehicle, following his admission that he was unable to keep up with his car loan payments.

The black Toyota Vios, sporting the dubious license plates, was first spotted by officers at a Highway Police rest stop. The car was parked near a restroom, its licence plates bearing the inscription A-3838 Bangkok. Upon closer inspection, the police realised the license plates were not authentic.

The car’s owner, whose name was not disclosed in the police report, was subsequently located and questioned about the red license plates. These plates are typically issued to new car owners, often dealerships, to be used temporarily until the official license plates are received.

The police, finding the situation suspicious, checked the car’s registration and discovered that it had already been issued the standard white license plates. This prompted further questioning of the car’s owner.

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In response, the man admitted to procuring the red license plates with the intent to deceive his finance company, as he was unable to continue making payments on his loan. Following his confession, the police seized the car and the counterfeit plates and escorted the man to Thalang Police Station to face charges.

According to the Phuket Highway Police report, the man has been charged with forging and using counterfeit government documents. His arrest underscores the continuous efforts of the Phuket Highway Police to maintain order and uphold the law on Thailand’s roads, reported Phuket News.

The nationwide traffic police successfully dismantled an operation involved in the sale of counterfeit red license plates throughout Thailand. Two individuals were apprehended in connection with the illegal activity, with one of them allegedly being a government officer.

The arrest followed numerous complaints about vehicles displaying fake red plates managing to bypass toll booth fees. Read more HERE.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.