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A migrant workers organization has filed complaint letters with two police stations in southern Thailand on December 28 over allegedly excessive motorcycle fining practices of Myanmar migrants by the Thai police on the resort islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Migrant Worker Rights Network international affairs advisor Mr Andy Hall travelled to Bo Phut and Koh Samui district police stations on Koh Samui island to hand over urgent complaint letters signed by MWRN President U Sein Htay Sun to the Thai police commanders of both police stations and discuss the content of the letters, according to Mr Hall.

http://www.mizzima.com/mizzima-news/regional/item/16356-myanmar-migrant-bike-fines-by-thai-police-excessive-ngo

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Myanmar migrant bike fines by Thai police ‘excessive’ in Samui says Andy Hall

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KOH SAMUI: -- A migrant workers organization has filed complaint letters with two police stations in southern Thailand on December 28 over allegedly excessive motorcycle fining practices of Myanmar migrants by the Thai police on the resort islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Migrant Worker Rights Network international affairs advisor Mr Andy Hall travelled to Bo Phut and Koh Samui district police stations on Koh Samui island to hand over urgent complaint letters signed by MWRN President U Sein Htay Sun to the Thai police commanders of both police stations and discuss the content of the letters, according to Mr Hall.

The MWRN handles rights and livelihood issues for migrant workers in Thailand, and has recently been involved in helping with the defence of the two Myanmar migrant workers accused of the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao in September.

The complaint letters, sent by MWRN on behalf of Myanmar migrant workers on the three islands, requested urgent reconsideration by the Royal Thai Police Force and the Land Transport Ministry of allegedly excessive fining practices against migrant workers where migrant use of motorcycles is a necessity but lack of access to driving licenses and allegedly abusive practices by Thai police officers impacts strongly on the ability of migrant motorbike users to survive comfortably, according to a Facebook post.

Motorcycles are a necessity for many migrants due to limited or lack of public transport options on the islands.

The MWRN alleges this problem has been present for many years already but has remained unaddressed.

Migrant workers reported to MWRN that being stopped twice in one month for motorcycle violations can cost migrant workers up to 5,000-6,000 Thai baht [K166,000-200,000] or 2,000-3,000 baht per time, sometimes equal to their actual month’s salary.

Tourists and Thais allegedly face much lower rates of fines of around 200-1,000 baht per time, even though tourists rarely hold driving licenses also, according to the complaint.

Mr Hall reported that the Thai police commanders listened politely and with concern and ordered their subordinates to urgently look into and investigate the MWRN complaint letter and ensure safe and just use of motorbikes and roads for everyone, of whatever nationality, in the areas under their control.

MWRN says it will closely monitor developments on this issue.

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-- Samui Times 2014-12-31

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the corruption in thailand is out of control , pure and simple.

these fines achieve NOTHING only to boost police coffers, as was the idea when they were set in place , just like the no helmet rule .....after decaredes in this idiotic place I still see well over 50% of thais have NO HELMETS let alone wear one (on the islands its more like 90%)

corrupt dumb place and its the people at fault as they are happy with the parasites bleeding them everyday with very little ACTUAL serious law enforcement taking place

The police officers who happily enforce the no helmet law are themselves amongst the worst offenders.

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Some of the Burmese do have a drivers license... it makes no difference! They are at the mercy of the police sad.png

In the 10 years I have been associated with Thailand and living here 7 years or so, I have never been stopped by the police... anywhere in my travels here, in all southern provinces and Mai Hong Song area...

We see Helmet and vehicle safety belt checks often around Samui, those foreigners, conforming to wearing helmets etc... just get waved on from what I have seen... perhaps in Bar areas it's different, especially late at night ? whistling.gif

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So far, posters here have missed the point:

This NGO should perhaps explain whether or not they differentiate between those that are passport, visa WP & DL compliant and those that are not. Anyone that has their life ruined by someone in the latter could legitimatly persue said organisation if it later transpires that an NGO funded by charitable donations helped Illegal Immigrants driving illegally back onto the road.

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