Thai Authorities Want to Put GPS in Private Vehicles to Monitor Traffic Behavior

by Admin on November 7, 2019

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Thailand’s Department of Land Transport (DLT) is contemplating installing GPS in all privately-owned cars and motorbikes in order to create safer roads.

The idea is that the GPS would monitor (or spy on, depending on how you look at it) the traffic behaviors of all private cars on the road.

That way, they could punish drivers who break speed limits, run red lights, or otherwise drive recklessly.

If the policy were to go through, Thailand would be the first country to track driving behaviors with internal GPS.

Before the law is pushed forward, however, the DLT will consider all the upsides and downsides of the traffic control plan as well as public opinion towards the proposal.

The DLT would also have to consult the Industry Ministry on the feasibility of placing a GPS tracking device in every private vehicle leaving a factory.

According to Thailand attorneys, the ministry would also have to find a suitable legal argument that the GPS place in vehicles doesn’t violate the privacy rights of individuals.

Thailand has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world and in recent years has struggled to find remedies to the problem.

There are currently over 10 million cars and 20 million motorbikes registered with the DLT in Thailand.

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