Huge Increase in Fines and Jail Terms Proposed For Drivers without Licences

0
211
Huge Increase in Fines and Jail Terms Proposed For Drivers without Licences
Huge Increase in Fines and Jail Terms Proposed For Drivers without Licences

Thai Rath has reported that proposals are in the pipeline for a large scale revamp of fines and jail terms for those driving without a driving licence.The report comment that behaviours need to change and that the authorities have had enough. Additionally a separate licence will be required for ‘big’ bikes.

Thai Rath has reported that proposals are in the pipeline for a large scale revamp of fines and jail terms for those driving without a driving licence.The report comment that behaviours need to change and that the authorities have had enough. Additionally a separate licence will be required for ‘big’ bikes.

The department of transport of the Transport Ministry is recommending the changes for two out of date laws stretching back to 1979. This would mean drivers without licences could be fined up to 50,000 THB and go to jail for three months. The current penalty is a 1,000 THB fine and a possible jail term of one month. Motorists driving while suspended or who have had their licence confiscated may also face 3 months inside or a 50,000 THB fine.

Currently this offence carries a fine of 2,000 THB. The proposals further state that drivers who fail to produce a valid licence when requested can be fined 10,000 THB up from the current 1,000 THB. Department director Sanit Phromwong revealed that the proposals will now go forward for consideration to ministerial committees.The proposals also include modernisation of procedures and other licensing matters.They are seen as bringing the law up to date and designed to change the behaviour of Thais for the better. The Cabinet has also given its approval to a draft law mandating training and testing of big bike riders. The definition of a ‘big’ bike is yet to be revealed.

The Cabinet is expected to impose more control over motorcycle and car drivers. New regulations that may be implemented include the need for medical validation when applying for a license to ensure that the driver does not suffer from mental or physical illnesses that would impair their ability to operate a motor vehicle. Those who intend to ride a high powered motorcycle or a big bike will have to pass thorough training and testing first. Licenses to ride such bikes will be separate from licences for general motorcycles. Source: Thai Rath/NNT

comments