Thailand’s New Traffic Laws Explained

by Admin on August 27, 2019

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Thailand recently passed a slew of new traffic regulations that will come into effect on September 20.

With the date of effect fast approaching, the new regulations on drivers are becoming more clear cut.

First off, the government reiterated that police, in fact, cannot confiscate driver’s licenses, no matter the traffic violation.

Drivers are required, however, to always carry their original license or have a certified digital copy on the Department of Land Transport QR app.

A photo of a driver’s license won’t cut it.

Under the new traffic laws, drivers will have 12 points for which they can lose for committing traffic violations.

Depending on the severity, a traffic infraction can deduct up to four points from a motorist’s license.

Failing to wear a helmet on a motorbike, failing to wear a seatbelt in a car, and not paying a traffic or parking fine on time results in a one-point deduction.

Running a red light and minor cases of drunk driving result in a two-point deduction.

Severe cases of drunk driving where the driver is extremely drunk or causes injury to another will result in a three or four-point deduction.

If a driver loses all 12 points, they will have their license suspended for up to 90 days.

Those who lose all 12 points multiple times will have their license revoked for a year or maybe even completely taken away.

According to Bangkok criminal defense attorneys, the new laws are aimed at reducing traffic violations that make Thailand one of the deadliest places in the world to drive as well as to collect large amounts of unpaid fines.

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