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Thailand introduces penalty points system for dangerous drivers


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Point-cut system will be introduced in Thailand and aims to limit dangerous driving up to disqualification of offenders

Thailand’s Royal Thai Police plans to launch a so-called point-cut system early next year, a form of electronic traffic tickets aimed at improving driving discipline and reducing accidents, after earlier penalties for traffic violations were already in place.

Starting Jan. 9, each driver’s license holder will be given 12 points, which will be reduced if they are found in violation of traffic laws, said Maj. Gen. Ekkarat Limsankat, chief of Thailand’s traffic police department.

He said speeding violations, failure to stop pedestrians in crosswalks, not wearing a safety helmet, not wearing a seat belt and talking on the phone while driving are examples of misconduct that can result in a one-point deduction. Driving through a red light or intentionally driving in the wrong direction – such as on one-way streets – would result in a two-point deduction, and illegal racing on public streets would result in a three-point deduction.

He added that the maximum penalty of four points is associated with serious violations, such as drunk driving. According to the traffic chief, the loss of all 12 points will result in a 90-day driver’s license suspension, adding that the points deducted will be restored 12 months after they are removed.

More information can be found at ptm.police.go.th/eTicket or through a government e-wallet app called Pao Tang, Maj. Gen. Ekkarat said.

Prior to the launch of the new electronic ticketing system, a new rule went into effect on July 13 in Thailand, leading to automatic driver’s license suspensions for 90 days. Such suspensions will apply for violations that pose a serious danger to society or when offenders attempt to flee after causing damage to others or public property during a traffic accident.

Meanwhile, driving without a license in Thailand can lead to three months in jail and a maximum fine of 10,000 baht, he said. For example, the jail term for repeat offenders caught drunk driving has been increased to two years and the fine increased from 50,000 to 100,000 baht, he said.

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