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BANGKOK 17 June 2019 20:29
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Another Thai D-Day: Motorists must pay their traffic fines before being able to renew tax

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36 minutes ago, malcoml said:

So how fast were you going exactly?

Unlike other countries, nothing is ever said about the accuracy of the speed cameras..

 

But if nobody pays the fines.

Mai bpen rai. 

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2 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

just a matter of time till it's linked up with immigration, then it'll be pay the fine or go home...

Or airport detention cell before pay up. 

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This is not a new rule it’s been happening for years , now it’s starting to be enforced. Don’t break the traffic laws and you won’t get a fine , it’s pretty easy to understand .

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6 hours ago, NanLaew said:

And thus the popular western myth that speed cameras are just for making money and have nothing to do with road safety finally comes to Thailand.

 

Here's a clue; if one doesn't break the speed limit, one doesn't get a speeding ticket.

 

Of course we all know that farang drivers are much safer when breaking the speed limit than the locals are.

90kph is a very low speed limit that does nothing to reduce accidents, binning U turns might make a difference.

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1 hour ago, malcoml said:

So how fast were you going exactly?

130 in a 120 zone. I had my family in the car. Wife on way back got one for 121 in a 90

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1 hour ago, Sir Swagman said:

The blanket speed limit of 90 on this route is a PITA. Some stretches should be 120, others below 90. It adds at least an hour of driving to the trip. 

120 needs to be the norm. It is like a brake and gas pedal jerk the whole way. 

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They need to be able to impound the vehicles when caught, then have a system in place where the fines/tow/storage eventually allow the government to confiscate the vehicle when it reaches its market value and then sell the car at auction. Doing this will help put an end to the racking up of fines that never get paid, otherwise whats the worse they can do, fine you again? The whole system from enforcement, to fines, to points, to warrants for arrest, etc needs to be well thought out ahead of time, so they all work together, thus putting an end to some of the carnage on the roads, and the blatant disregard for laws/rules/regulations.

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Asking for a friend......say you renewed your tax a few months ago and nothing was said, does that mean any fines from before then are now invalid? Just asking........

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4 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

120 needs to be the norm. It is like a brake and gas pedal jerk the whole way. 

Mostly agree, but in towns needs to be lower  - highway passes through built up areas with traffic lights etc.

 

The weird limits are on rural roads, where 90 is the limit.  For example on 1013 heading west from Mae waeng on the back road to Inthanon.  Way too high.  speed limits in Thailand need a major overhaul!

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9 minutes ago, Samuel Smith said:

Mostly agree, but in towns needs to be lower  - highway passes through built up areas with traffic lights etc.

 

The weird limits are on rural roads, where 90 is the limit.  For example on 1013 heading west from Mae waeng on the back road to Inthanon.  Way too high.  speed limits in Thailand need a major overhaul!

Thai's don't care about road signs, especially speed signs, my whole road is loaded with speed bumps, yet the Thai's go into the gutter lane and do triple the speed limit around the speed bump (Pure Insanity!), thats with cars trying to enter the road side from gated communities. The highway here has lighted signs that tell you a lane is down because of an accident or disabled vehicle, what do they do when that lane clears a little from people who noticed and moved over? They fly into that lane at 120-160kph, I have seen this even with and accident being cleared in the emergency lane, I assume these people are brain dead, who in their right mind would attempt this? Oh, thats right a Thai driver with the IQ of a jungle monkey, doesn't seem to matter if they are driving a Mercedes/BMW or an econo car, just idiots without brains behind the wheel.

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"The system - that still has a few minor glitches to iron out"

I'll bet it does !

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2 hours ago, Samuel Smith said:

Mostly agree, but in towns needs to be lower - highway passes through built up areas with traffic lights etc.

 

The weird limits are on rural roads, where 90 is the limit. For example on 1013 heading west from Mae waeng on the back road to Inthanon. Way too high. speed limits in Thailand need a major overhaul!

There's just little consistency or planning overall. Signs are not standardised and pretty randomly placed so that most people are generally unaware of speed limits anyway.

 

Until there's an active traffic police division that goes out and stops drivers not displaying proper tax disks there'll be a continuation of the big joke that is Thai traffic.

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11 hours ago, ThreeEyedRaven said:

I somehow suspect there will be a similar number of unpaid road tax before the end of the year then. Whatever else will they come up with? They will be insisting everyone get a driving licence next.

They will be insisting everyone get a driving licence next......Now Wouldn't THAT Be a GOOD Idea ??

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maybe ask them to show a valid driver license too, or is that too much to ask??

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