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Crackdown! Tourists in Pattaya face jail for riding motorcycles without a licence

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Crackdown! Tourists in Pattaya face jail for riding motorcycles without a licence

 

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The Pattaya police are coming down hard on tourists who rent motorcycles without a licence. 

 

They face a month in jail or a one thousand baht fine. 

 

Rental shops are also on the radar with fines up to 2,000 baht for anyone who rents to tourists who don't show a license. 

 

Pol Maj Arut Sathanon said he was following orders handed down from the RTP HQ that were being taken seriously by the new Pattaya chief Pol Col Prawit Chorseng. 

 

Patrols could be expected every night and shops were being inspected.

 

Sophon referred to "gangs of tourists" on noisy bikes touring around the resort annoying other road users, other tourists and residents. 

 

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Thaivisa notes that it appears to be a response to an incident involving Arab tourists who were part of a large group driving around that led to the death of a female Russian tourist a few weeks back. 

 

Another serious accident just this morning saw two Thai students grievously injured in an accident with a tourist on a motorcycle. 

 

Pol Maj Arut said that all tourists must be in possession of an international driving licence (or other legal permit) to rent and ride a motorcycle at the resort. 

 

Offenders could face a month in jail and a fine up to 1,000 baht or both.

 

Shops renting bikes to tourists could face a fine of up to 2,000 baht for contravening the regulations. 

 

These were being strictly enforced, he said with no get out clause. 

 

The force is also cracking down on illegally adapted motorcycles and cars in the city. 

 

Source: Sophon Cable

 

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In the mean time , thai are allowed to ride and drive without a license with a 500 baht fine.

 

such measures needed to be introduced because it is foreigners who are the source of all road fatalities in Thailand👍

 

Not knocking the decision just curious why same law does not apply to locals 

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Face jail or 1000 baht fine.....10,000 baht would be more of a deterrent.....as for loud exhausts are they seriously suggesting it`s only tourists to blame.....the mind boggles here sometimes :whistling:

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what about the people who rent the bikes to unlicenced persons.  Why dont unlicenced thais get prison.

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It should be 20,000bht Fine to the Rental companies for Not checking a licence, they will take a passport so the bike is safe, but not checking the licence, its like giving them a loaded gun and say get on with it.. most will Only get on a bike to save cash, as they are fed up of being ripped of by the Taxi drivers, so they will chance riding a bike. So Not the full blame on the tourist .

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Unless your rich and or connected the entire population faces jail for some misdemeanor or other🤔

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SURELY a tourist (or anybody in FACT) dould not be able to rent any vehicle IF THEY CAN NOT provide a driving licence....it is as simple as that!!!!

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9 minutes ago, wendyfromoz said:

what about the people who rent the bikes to unlicenced persons.  Why dont unlicenced thais get prison.

great question.......

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14 minutes ago, BestB said:

In the mean time , thai are allowed to ride and drive without a license with a 500 baht fine.

 

such measures needed to be introduced because it is foreigners who are the source of all road fatalities in Thailand👍

 

Not knocking the decision just curious why same law does not apply to locals 

Simply put they are such dumbsh$ts they honestly believe that fleecing the tourist (because they know a threat of jail will produce a big bung) is the road to short term income gains. They are a state sponsored mafia after all. The long term interests of the country are irrelevant to them, beyond their grasp.

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Just tourists? How about locals?

 

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19 minutes ago, petermik said:

.as for loud exhausts are they seriously suggesting it`s only tourists to blame..

Yes they always bring a Bosch drill in their suitcase to drill the appropriate holes!

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check whether its a tourist or Thai  if no license fine

then check if no insurance cover again fine  

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How about the primary school kids who also don't have a helmet? Or the teenagers also without a helmet.

 

In another post,

 

without wanting to be racist, lots of these guys riding around raising hell... doing no small favor to anyone...

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That is going to piss the motorbike rental companies off no end, but at least we will be seeing fewer insurance companies skip out of paying hospital bills, as people will be properly licensed and legal on the roads.

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