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Foreign tourist cries foul over ‘fine’ for riding on expressway in Bangkok

By The Nation

 

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A foreign tourist who drove his motorcycle on an expressway was fined Bt1,000, prompting him to cry foul of what he believed to be a rip off by Thai cops.

 

The incident took place early May but just caught attention of Thai Facebook users, who started to share the Instagram post of Nicklas Aittamaa, whose Instagram account is nicklasaitt.

 

Aittamaa, who has 8,428 followers on his Instagram page, posted on May 7: “Some popo action entering Bangkok, I guess they are just jealous of my rad bike... Cost me a 1000Baht to skip the police station

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30372708

 

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some "foreign tourist" have really a problem in reading. There are signs everywhere, no motorbikes on "express or motorways", even the inner lanes of the "Highway Of Death", Bang- Na- Trad, is off limit to any bikes. So what's the story. 

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1,000 baht on the expressway seems fair to me.

 

I rode on it during the floods in 2011. What a blast.....and no fine!

 

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1 hour ago, phantomfiddler said:

Same thing happened to me, but I must admit my NSU Quickly was holding up the traffic a bit 😞

You deserved a Police  escort !

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7 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Thats not an excessive fine, 1000 baht doesn't seem excessive for this.

 

Its widely known that Motorcycles are not permitted on the express ways, also signs.

How did he get on the Expressway? you have to pass a toll booth. 

 

 

With all of that said - its about time 'big bikes' are permitted on the Expressway, but I'm not sure 'Thailand' is mature enough for that. 

By 'big bikes' I mean 600cc and up, something which can comfortably keep up with traffic traveling at 120-150kmh (yes I know the limit is 120kmh) -

 

I have a 300cc BWM, it can go 120kmh - but its not comfortable much faster than that, thus IMO is not suitable for an expressway. 

 

Of course, the issue here in Thailand is that if only 600cc + bikes are permitted on the expressways, any bike would end up using it. No one would (does) follow the law and it would be too difficult for the Tollway staff to differentiate, its not their job to differentiate - the end result would be the migration of the normal road chaos onto the expressways.

 

 

 

Agreed

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7 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Thats not an excessive fine, 1000 baht doesn't seem excessive for this.

 

Its widely known that Motorcycles are not permitted on the express ways, also signs.

How did he get on the Expressway? you have to pass a toll booth. 

 

 

With all of that said - its about time 'big bikes' are permitted on the Expressway, but I'm not sure 'Thailand' is mature enough for that. 

By 'big bikes' I mean 600cc and up, something which can comfortably keep up with traffic traveling at 120-150kmh (yes I know the limit is 120kmh) -

 

I have a 300cc BWM, it can go 120kmh - but its not comfortable much faster than that, thus IMO is not suitable for an expressway. 

 

Of course, the issue here in Thailand is that if only 600cc + bikes are permitted on the expressways, any bike would end up using it. No one would (does) follow the law and it would be too difficult for the Tollway staff to differentiate, its not their job to differentiate - the end result would be the migration of the normal road chaos onto the expressways.

 

 

 

Don't say that you will put another 1000 onto the bike death toll. Thais don't indicate or know much about driving and this = death for bikers.

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