Thailand’s new point system for recording traffic violations went into effect on January 9, 2023
Thailand’s new point system for recording traffic violations goes into effect on January 9. Police say the priority will be to raise public awareness of traffic rules before the system is fully implemented, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported.
According to Maj. Gen. Ekkarat Limsangkat, head of the Traffic Police, the new point system has been adopted to improve driving discipline, reduce accidents, prevent dangerous driving and improve safety on the kingdom’s roads.
Each holder of a driver’s license in Thailand will be awarded 12 points per year. Points will be deducted for traffic violations, with more points being deducted for serious violations. If you lose all 12 points, your driver’s license will be suspended, and if you have three suspensions within three years, your license will be revoked.
One point is removed for:
Using a cell phone while driving;
not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle;
unfastened seat belt;
riding a motorcycle on the sidewalk;
failure to pass a pedestrian at crosswalks;
failure to give priority to emergency vehicles;
Driving without a license plate or with a closed license plate;
lack of a road tax sign;
Two points are deducted for:
driving in an oncoming direction;
driving with a suspended or revoked license;
driving without stopping at a traffic light;
Three points are deducted:
If the driver is found to be inept or incompetent;
for running into an obstacle;
for driving without due care and attention;
A maximum of four points are deducted for:
Driving under the influence of alcohol;
driving under the influence of drugs;
driving without regard to the safety of others.
One point is also deducted for other violations, such as driving with unpaid traffic fines, failure to obey traffic signs, failure to produce a driver’s license when requested by the police, parking in places where parking is prohibited, and failure to observe the left lane while driving.
Points are automatically replenished after one year. If only six points remain, the driver can take a training course provided by the Department of Surface Transportation to regain the points.
Drivers who have spent all 12 points will have their driver’s license suspended for 90 days. If they continue to drive, they face three months in jail and/or a fine of 100,000 baht.
If they are deprived of their license three times in three years, the fourth deprivation will revoke all driving privileges.
The system will apply to every driver in Thailand, but offenders have a chance to get better depending on the situation, Ekkarat said. Although some believe the cost of a DUI in points is “too low,” such offenders will also face legal charges that include jail time and fines, the traffic police chief assured.
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