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Can anyone confirm that the law regarding driving with red (trade) plates has been revised and it is now permitted to drive out of province? I saw a post to that effect but no link.

 

I am trying to by a new car but dealer is claiming it will take 30-45 days to get the permanent tags. Claims they have to send paperwork to Hind HQ then get c=something back first hence even doing it on my own would not be an option.

 

Rekated to this: If I but=y rom a dealer nto in my province (e.g. Bangkok) would they be able to arrange the registration where I live?

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Thought one was always allowed to drive out of province but the log book must be filled in each time.

 

FWIW I purchased 2 brandnew cars over the past 10 yrs, both in BKK, Both with BKK plates... Vehicles lived in Chonburi, No Issue at all with the police whilst on reds.

 

Somewhere in a box ive still got a set of red plates and log book, Vehicle dealership posted me my white plates and I forgot to send back the reds !!

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They never cared about the law regarding that. Have been driving with red plates all over thailand with about 6 different cars and estimated total time of 1 year. Nobody ever said anything.

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Even when stopped at a checkpoint? I have to pass 2 checkpoints 9where all cars are stopped) on way to Bangkok....

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I don't know why they can't give you your regular plates right away. In British Columbia, Canada as soon as you buy a car new/used you can go straight away to an agent and get your permanent plates. Also you can chose what ever plates the agent have available.

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I think I am the only person who has been fined for going out of Province. I had Red Plates from Honda in Pattaya but no book for the plates. I was stopped at the toll gates on the elevated road into Bangkok and was told to follow the m/c traffic police. Of course they sped off and I was left in the traffic queue . I spent the next hour trying to find a police station, having exited the expressway. I was eventually fined 200 baht which I got back from Honda!  A total waste of a morning.

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7 minutes ago, pattaya1234was said:

I think I am the only person who has been fined for going out of Province. I had Red Plates from Honda in Pattaya but no book for the plates. I was stopped at the toll gates on the elevated road into Bangkok and was told to follow the m/c traffic police. Of course they sped off and I was left in the traffic queue . I spent the next hour trying to find a police station, having exited the expressway. I was eventually fined 200 baht which I got back from Honda!  A total waste of a morning.

If you had no book with the plates they were probably fake. Not sure if they still do it, but years ago some dealers delivered more cars than they had official plates for, so they'd give fake plates with no book to some of the buyers

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Sheryl, there is no problem driving anywhere, but the red plate book must be filled in on a daily basis. Our supplier told us to log the journey daily in pencil, but simply change the date daily, ( that was for trips into town, etc.)

Just for your info we bought our truck in Surin, and drove to Hua Hin were we spend most of the time. 

I do remember being told you were not supposed to drive at night, but we were never challenged about that one at road blocks.

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When our car had red plates, we got fined 300 baht because my wife forgot to fill in the log book when we left the province. The rules are clear and it is easy money for a policeman.

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44 minutes ago, kwak250 said:

Thats awesome.... and holds no relevance to Thailand.

 

44 minutes ago, kwak250 said:

Wesley snipes birthday is today.

Guess that all depends on where you're residing.....Here in LOS it's 1 August. Wesley's birthday is 31 July.

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I bought a brand new Honda motorcycle in February this year. Due to travel plans at the time, I told the dealer that I would only accept delivery of it and pay the balance if it had permanent plate. Dealer told me maybe it will take 3 weeks plus. I called BS and told him that it will take less than 2 hours at DLT. Turns out that dealer uses an agent to go on their behalf to do registration, maybe they try and group a number of registrations at same time to save money. He also tried to tell me because foreigner owner will take longer. Again I called BS and told him to get on with it, sooner you get it done sooner you get paid. Gave him copies of all my documents. He got it registered with permanent plate within 3 days!

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2 hours ago, dsj said:

I don't know why they can't give you your regular plates right away. In British Columbia, Canada as soon as you buy a car new/used you can go straight away to an agent and get your permanent plates. Also you can chose what ever plates the agent have available.

In some places they are fast but it depends on the dealer. Some dealers don't pay for the cars on time or are to lazy to do all the paperwork for one car only etc.

 

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As mentioned already when you get the red plates you should get a log book too.  Before any out of province trips fill it out (and as also mentioned they ask for you to use pencil,  So they can erase them later and keep reusing the same book I assume).  Normally you pay a deposit for the red plates and book and get it back once you return them.  

 

When I had red plates I was stopped at about 5 checkpoints.  Only once did they ask about the book.  Showed it to them but they never actually looked at it.

 

If you make a special request for plate numbers it can take a few months to get your plates.  You have to wait in line for your numbers to come up.

 

There are other laws about red plates, such as not driving when dark, but they are pretty much ignored.

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