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Motorcycles to face up to 200 baht "pollution tax"

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Motorcycles to face up to 200 baht "pollution tax"

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

In a move that would anger motorcyclists the excise department are mulling an idea to charge a special pollution tax hike on bikes.

 

Thai Rath said that if the measures were introduced riders could me made to shell out up to 200 baht each.

 

Excise chief Krisada Jeenawijarana said that cars had been subjected to such tax before and it was a question of protecting the environment and general public.

 

But the time had to be right before such an initiative was introduced. He said that all bikes over 50,000 baht in value might be subject to the new tax of 150-200 baht per vehicle.

 

The message must be if you damage the environment there is a cost to pay, said Krisada.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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Unbelievable. So now the police will stop them and the motorcyclist will bribe him 50 baht for not having paid the 200 baht. Wealth creation for the traffic police in full swing. You can introduce as many frigging rules/laws as you want, but without enforcement there really is no point. They might say that you can't get insurance without paying the new tax. So what? Most don't have insurance anyway. If it happens though, then why not a 10,000 baht fine for buses and trucks? They're the biggest polluters, by far.

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7 minutes ago, webfact said:

and it was a question of protecting the environment and general public.

as a member of the public, how am i being 'protected' by others paying a tax to the government ?

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Well I'll just drive my diesel pickup everywhere instead. 

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" but wait! I didn't have the salmon mousse!"

 

 

 

"but wait! My scooter is Electric!"

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But having a smoking bbq in a very busy street is no ploblem...

 

And loads of 40 years old citybuses and cargotrucks also don't pollute of course.

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1 minute ago, akirasan said:

Well I'll just drive my diesel pickup everywhere instead. 

If anything should be taxed higher or ex pulsed from BKK its diesel pickups especially those that belch out black smoke. Now they might put a tax on 2 stroke bikes (good plan) but the normal standard scooter does not come close to polluting what cars do and cars don't come close to polluting what those diesel pickups do. 

 

Not that I would lose any sleep over a 200bt tax.

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How does paying a tax clean up.the environment though. I would have thought those 2 stroke stinkers ridden around by dirt poor folk would need taxing before a bike over 50k baht which is probably newer, runs cleaner and is more efficient would.

 

I wonder what initiatives this tax would help to fund rather than some unscrupulous officials' unearned opulent retirement plans

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it pays for the advertising (self-promotion)

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Better to have a noise tax.  Owners of look-at-me bikes should pay for the damage done to innocent ears.

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If governments weren't as crooked as dogs' hind legs, we'd grumble a little but pay the tax. HOWEVER . . . we ALL know this will NEVER be applied to "cleaning the environment."

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Ah all the intellectuals have been at it again.

Nice one :bah:

 

All BMW, and Benz cars will be exempt for ever.

Wonder who drives these cars.

Clear case of,   i'm all right jack syndrome. :jap:

 

Also more money for the cops to collect. :crazy:

 

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smoke and mirrors this is just to deflect from the problem rather than deal with it they will soon set up a committee

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another stupid idea cooked up by brainless idiots, start on those black smoke belching buses of yours that run up and down Sukhumvit road.

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18 minutes ago, mercman24 said:

another stupid idea cooked up by brainless idiots, start on those black smoke belching buses of yours that run up and down Sukhumvit road.

They even can't buy new buses when there's a huge budget for them.

 

I read somewhere that BKK will get 100 new buses in March...still haven't seen them though.

 

Of course the burning of ricefields has nothing to do with air pollution.

 

 

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