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Points system on driving licenses will reduce accidents in Thailand

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Didn't say how many points one starts off with...back home it's 12.

   Big difference though...back home people have a licence to begin with.

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27 minutes ago, DavisH said:

They won't get a western-like reduction in traffic accidents with those rules. Getting caught drunk 3 times with no real penalty? 

Try this: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/demerits-offences/drug-alcohol/drug-alcohol-offences.html

 

There would be a lot less drunks on the road...but still it needs enforcement. That is the problem. And more rigorous driver testing.

Typically in the US you would have already lost your license and probably be in jail

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1 hour ago, GarryP said:

On a visit upcountry, I was stopped by the police at a temporary check point and was shocked that most other people stopped did not even have a license. Not just motorbike riders, but car drivers too. Its insane. They should have their vehicles impounded until they come back with a valid license. But then the police would have to invest in rather large parking facilities for all the impounded vehicles. 

All the check points I've been through they just looked at my tax sticker and seatbelt I have never been asked for a license,may change tomorrow

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Some red lights are rather hidden and difficult to see. Is there a way to dispute if the light was hidden by an overgrown tree, unauthorized signage or 200 telephone and electricity cables?

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

going the wrong way on the highway, passing through red lights, DUI, using phones while driving and not wearing helmets on motorcycles. 

Why dont they  just send EVERY  Thai a  fine now to save time?

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Most can't even point to a driving licence.....because they don't have one.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Drunk driving: 3 points

Red lights: 2 points

Helmets and speeding: 1 point each

So, next time you're stopped in your car and you were not speeding, not gone through a red light and not drunk, they'll get you for no helmet in the car ?

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What the Thai government or police force does not understand is in Japan & European countries the penalties are penalties and are issued as a deterrent. the above penalties as broken down by many people above are a joke and will not be any sort of deterrent so a complete waste of time. 

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once you are down to zero points, having no more to lose, you will be waved through to continue your journey.

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He hopes that once the system comes in in Thailand that the number of accidents on the roads will diminish just like it had in Japan and the western countries.

At least he's realistic.        (my bold)

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25 minutes ago, NightSky said:

Some red lights are rather hidden and difficult to see. Is there a way to dispute if the light was hidden by an overgrown tree, unauthorized signage or 200 telephone and electricity cables?

 

you can dispute all you like....if you hadn't been here it would not have happened for you to dispute is the end result of that so i believe.

 

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What a load if cobblers. 

Many don't have a license to get points deducted from.

Plus its well known in many countries that offenders are often repeat offenders. 

The hip pockets have to be seriously affected by fines before they will learn. 

Minor infringements are 3 points and 8,000 baht on the spot in Australia. 

DUI and the license and car are gone. 

Mobile phone use is points and about $400.

Starts to slowly sink in..

Doesn't it?

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Posted (edited)

My girlfriend`s 5yr old cousin often plays Forza Motorsport with me on the XBox. Guess he drives better then many thai guys out there on the road:)

A point system will change ZERO! What WOULD change is a proper preparation similar to European Countries. A minimum of practical AND theoretical lessons. The huge difference is that most Thai people have no clue what anticipatory diving is. That would reduce quite a few traffic jams. Ah and i forgot....for gods sake stop and penalize zig zag overtaking. That`s the most annoying thing for me on thai roads.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

The Maj-Gen told Daily News at the 14th seminar on road safety in Bang Na last week that getting points on licences for infractions on the roads had been in place in the US, Japan and Europe for 20 years.

In some European countries, the points on the license have been in force for more than 30 years!

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Hmmm... I guess the problem is this will have no effect on people  who drive with no licence, whom I suggest, at least in the country areas  would be the majority.TIT

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