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Police to target motorbike rental shops when renters are unlicensed

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Police to target motorbike rental shops when renters are unlicensed

By The Thaiger

 

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Police are targeting the rental operators of motorbikes when unlicensed foreigners have motorbike accidents.

 

Police today say they are questioning the renters of the bike involved in Sunday night’s crash on Patong Hill between a pickup truck driven by 47 year old Thavorn Glasueak and a motorbike carrying two Russians, a 29 and 31 year old.

 

This incident happened at the notorious hair-pin curve on the way up Patong Hill, from Kathu. Police say the motorbike veered out of its lane into the oncoming pickup truck travelling in the other lane.

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/police-to-target-motorbike-rental-shops-when-renters-are-unlicensed

 

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Another knee jerk reaction, get out there lads and make it look good, crack down hard on them,

Having to pay 2.000 baht fine, that will sort them out.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Police are targeting the rental operators of motorbikes when unlicensed foreigners have motorbike accidents.

so the takeaway here is that the accidents are the problem, not the profit-first rental operators putting us all at risk

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They have been fining the bike shops around Nai Harn for a while

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10 hours ago, Thaiwrath said:

Minimal fines will NOT solve the problem.

It's time to enforce serious penalties to law breakers, to act as a deterrent to others.

The penalties are serious enough. I remember 2000 THB for the first two offences, and on the third offence shop closed - which is harsh enough.

The problem is enforcement, difficult when the shop owner and the policeman are from the same village/area, possibly related, and have to live their lives when duty is finished.

8 hours ago, ChipButty said:

They have been fining the bike shops around Nai Harn for a while

Indeed this was also my understanding.

 

Anyway, there are some tourists who probably have a DL and yet drive like complete a...s.

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Also asking for a International Driving Permit one place I know

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So what about Sam Lors, motorbike with 'sidecar', untaxable, uninsurable , need licence to drive 3 wheel vehicle, and driving around Rayong with five fat torists in them ? Not a word said.

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On 2/13/2019 at 6:36 AM, Soupdragon said:

Are they accepting licenses from any country ?

Are the renters able to identify a valid motorcycle license from any country ?

The only document they need to check is your International Driving Permit,

and it's a rather standard document, very similar for all countries.

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