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What is the penalty of driving scooter without your drivers license?

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20 hours ago, bluesofa said:

As an aside regarding a UK driving licence: It's only valid if you permanently reside in the UK. If you live in Thailand, it ceases to be valid in the UK - or to use here as well.

 

I know the OP said they're "currently travelling in Thailand', so assume their UK licence will be valid if they still live on the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/driving-abroad
Yes but you still cannot change your licence for 1 for another country , you just apply for a licence for that country and then have 2 .
 I just applied renewed my uk licence no problem . The basic fact is it is easy to find the answer if you are a grown up . just google it and you will instantly see if you drive in the EU you can use your uk licence . Outside EU have to get an IDP  and have needed 1 in thailand since 1949 . Took me a whole 1 minute to find this info .
  As for the fine  usually 200-400 baht .I used an out of date IDP for 3 yrs when i cane here . They looked at it many a time . could not understand it and just said ok

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21 hours ago, bluesofa said:

What's a small scooter defined as in this instance?

No licence needed for a scooter their is no such licence.

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You cannot obtain an International drivers permit or Thai license without your UK license so yes, you'll be riding illegally.

 

Best outcome: You are fined and can ride off.

 

Worst outcome: You are fined, scooter impounded until your friend comes to collect it. Friend is fined for renting a scooter to someone without a license.

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1 hour ago, LammyTS1 said:

You cannot obtain an International drivers permit or Thai license without your UK license so yes, you'll be riding illegally.

 

Best outcome: You are fined and can ride off.

 

Worst outcome: You are fined, scooter impounded until your friend comes to collect it. Friend is fined for renting a scooter to someone without a license.

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Thats only if you think uk is the only country in the world . The fact is you can get an idp from any country in the world as long as you have a valid licence for the country in which you apply . It will then be valid all over the world ( if they accept it ) except the country you got it from 

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Thats only if you think uk is the only country in the world . The fact is you can get an idp from any country in the world as long as you have a valid licence for the country in which you apply . It will then be valid all over the world ( if they accept it ) except the country you got it from 


Yes you are correct, but the OP has stated that he has a U.K. license but it’s been submitted together with an application to another country for a license.
The other country has stated that it will take 1 month to be issued, so he won’t get his U.K. license back until then, meaning he has no valid license in his possession.
Ideally he should have went to a U.K. post office with his license & got an IDP. It only takes 5 mins & costs under £10.


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18 hours ago, LammyTS1 said:

 


Yes you are correct, but the OP has stated that he has a U.K. license but it’s been submitted together with an application to another country for a license.
The other country has stated that it will take 1 month to be issued, so he won’t get his U.K. license back until then, meaning he has no valid license in his possession.
Ideally he should have went to a U.K. post office with his license & got an IDP. It only takes 5 mins & costs under £10.


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Not easy to answer this as the op did not say which country he applied for his new licence but as he said it was because of brexit so i assume europe . Very puzzling because if he is living in uk and change his licence to another country he would be no longer be able to drive in uk  and so would then have to get an idp from his new country to drive in uk ????Makes no sense . So easy to have got an idp  and kept his uk licence then no problem . Perhaps is a troll post or somebody as i said should stay home 

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In all comments there is no mention of motorbike license,  the car driving license is a totally different thing, specially a UK motirbike license is not easy to get...!

 

Now you might say Thai police don't care this but I heard Phuket police no carefully examines farang licenses and look for motorbike license, even on IDP....!?

 

Same for any insurance, watch out for this, you need motorbike licence to ride a bike,  not a car driving license....  - that is to be 100% legal in all aspects, or just pay a fee hundred baht and dodge it for a few weeks ...

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I meant:

".... Phuket police now carefully examines farang licenses...."

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To get a Thai motorbike license  is extremely easy  compared to getting one in the UK, which is extremely difficult

I'm sure they whoever "they" are don't like bikes and made it hard to get a licence and super expensive for insurance.

Of course "they" say its for safety reasons but I'm not convinced. 👎

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