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Tourist Police target rental operators over unlicensed tourists renting motorbikes

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16 hours ago, Maejo Man said:

The big deal is that in Chiangmai one in ten fatalities involving bikes is a foreigner. The majority of these involve hired bikes!

its not like that on phuket, here they check for licence but its more like a harassment .

and it works, less are hirering bikes,but thats the only thing it helps on.

accident are on the rise ,more under age thais are racing around with out knowledge or competence .

from now on to about after april the majority here is farlang 

the superior amount of accident are thais only ,cars as well as bikes.

 so this particlar move is only harassment ,its very little to do with safety ,as i see it and in the light of the safety issue not a big deal.

but in the eyes turist, and me too, just add to the incompetence of the leadership in the police .

and sure, if im right ,they can see this kind of harassment in the arrival numbers, same like when they removed the beach chairs.

ill say better they arrange course in bike riding for newly arrived turist if they like to ride bike on there holiday ,and have no licence .

i think half a day ,if the hereafter not licenced turist rent a bike, the police can fine and do what they think is appropriate .

the unlicenced turist may be not attend or not pass.

and then do something about the underage kids .

and stop the thais there obviously does not understand the traffic rules.

take there bike/car and give it back when the pass a test ,no money.

i do not believe in fines, i think its not a mean use for lack of education ,as to insure safety for gest arriving to a country.Only for the sake of money .

no matter this idea is good or bad ,fines should be reevaluated into something more constructive in my opinion 

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On 11/17/2018 at 3:49 PM, YetAnother said:

another case of expats complaining about actual tourists who are on holiday and who have left all responsibility at the airport

True. The unlicensed, uninsured scooter drivet thats runs someone over or crashes into a car is on my mind, as I drive everyday through a river of nuts on two-wheels; both foreign and domestic.

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On 11/17/2018 at 6:04 PM, Thaiwrath said:

I think valid insurance, by both the rental operators and the renters themselves, should also be mandatory, and checked for. 

How do you expect foreign tourists to obtain moto insurance? it is impossible for them to secure their own coverage. They must rely on the insurance option provided the moto rental agency.

Most of the agencies are operating illegally because;

1. They do not have business licenses for their activity;

2. If they do have a business license, are not  complying with the terms and conditions of their license and;

3. Occupy parking spaces illegally monopolizing parking areas intended for the public, but staking out their zones. As has been documented for the past decade in TVF these thugs threaten anyone who dares to park in the area they claim.

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3 hours ago, martinhp said:

its not like that on phuket, here they check for licence but its more like a harassment

Harassment for the sake of collecting revenue only...…….nothing to do with safety at all. 

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Due to the transport "situation" on Phuket, EVERYONE needs access to a vehicle here, or you are at the mercy of the transport mafia.  Hence, Phuket Province has the highest road deaths in Thailand, and Thailand is near the top of the list for road deaths in the world, thus, Phuket has has some of the most dangerous roads in the world, if not the most dangerous.

 

For the above reason, the many motorbike hire shops exist here due to such a high demand by tourists. 

 

If Phuket had proper public transport, the demand to hire a motorbike would go down, way down, and authorities would not need to worry about the supply side from the shops. 

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16 hours ago, xylophone said:

And if they don't have one they shouldn't be allowed to hire a bike......simple as that. Why on earth would you consider it safe to let untrained idiots drive on roads when they come on holiday?

 

Can't do it in their own countries but can practise here and poss kill or maim someone.....absolute madness.

It won’t be stopped.  Thai motorbike drivers are very bad, and many have no license 

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13 minutes ago, NamKangMan said:

If Phuket had proper public transport, the demand to hire a motorbike would go down, way down, and authorities would not need to worry about the supply side from the shops. 

I agree , in Pattaya we have the 10 baht baht bus system and it works very well . But still plenty of accidents on the roads, mostly involving Thais. 

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