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Passengers of railbased transport who drink are not subject to the penalties. Drinking occupants and drivers will be equally liable for such violations. "The only exceptions under this law are occupants of vehicles parked in front of their homes," he said. And of course, if the occupants and drivers are from first class families, or heirs to large brand-name companies, also anyone who is employed by a government agency (none of the above rules apply)!

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and this was passed into law where and when?...just more made up garbage

I agree, GARBAGE !!! .......... A passenger just having 1 drink and go to jail for 6 months????......"and/or a 60,000 THB Fine"....... hilarious !!!!!! lol lo lol ........

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Maybe if they allowed people to drink during elections they just might vote for the right political party.

The bars and night clubs obviously don't check ID because many of my international school students are partying it up on the weekends.

Can't buy alcohol at a store between 2 & 5 pm but you can sit at a bar and get hammered.

And here I thought Canadian liquor laws were ridiculous.

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People are tripping over themselves to criticise Thailand when this very same regulation exists in many of our home countries...

Its simple... The 'occupants' (passengers) are not permitted to be drinking in a vehicle unless parked up on private land, the driver takes equal responsibility in letting his passengers drink while in the vehicle in public. Trains are not included in this regulation.

If I am not mistaken the law is even more strict in some countries which states that its illegal to have 'open' liqueur in a moving vehicle... i.e. a bottle of Whisky or wine that has been opened, but since sealed.... (US I think).

That said: These regulations are a little over the top.

I'm a strong believer in if people wish to drink let them, give people enough rope to hang themselves... i.e. If people make a nuisance of themselves impose strict and inflexible penalties for antisocial behaviour.

Yes open liquor/container in a vehicle in Canada (my province Ontario and most others also) is a small fine and the police make you empty the rest on the side of the road..........LET'S GET REAL HERE.........."6 MONTHS JAIL TIME AND/OR 60,000 THB Fine" for an open beer??????.........I am sure some embassies would take an interest in their people being locked up for that..........I thought April 1st was a while away !!!!!!!

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Sounds like a very complicated solution that will be hard to enforce and in the end no attention will be given to it anyway

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By the way; you're going to need a hell of a lot more prisons; or...................wait for it; "We have decided we need to free all of those found guilty of political crimes; to make room in or prisons, for those found guilty of alcohol related offenses".

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"i.e. If people make a nuisance of themselves impose strict and inflexible penalties for antisocial behaviour."

Like, you WILL pay 100Bt for driving while drunk or else.....

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Thais like to copy laws from developed nations and then having got them on the statute books, simply not enforce them. It's a pattern one sees over and over again.

Minister needs to put the fear of God into senior civil servants and demands tough new proposals within a tight deadline. Civil servants fear getting canned so copy the toughest laws they can find from other nations. These proposals sometimes end up on the statute books. Nobody at any point thought about the practicalities of enforcement. And repeat.

(Or not in this case. Minister needs laws which inconvenience business or the public massively, leading to great bribe opportunities.)

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So a minibus coming back from playing golf to Pattaya or Bangkok with half a dozen blokes in the back seats swigging on a beer gives the BIB a field day. Worse than Sharia law.

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How about passengers in a taxi? (because obviously they are not driving... the taxi driver is driving).

but,, this is a fantastic way for police to make some real money now !!!

imagine all the back-hander money you need to pay to get out of a 6 month jail sentence or a 60,000 baht fine...

"give me 2,000 baht and i wont bring you to the police station".

the police must be super excited at the money-making potential in this new scheme!!! Lol

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people with no legs are not to be sold alcohol it was announced today.

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Seems to me to be a method to throw a wider net. Why settle for bribe from driver when you can get the whole car at the same time? Maximizing that income

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