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Officials mull big bike licence

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Officials mull big bike licence
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PHUKET: -- A specific driver’s licence for those wanting to mount a big bike is still in the works, officials told the Phuket Gazette yesterday.

“I know that there are ongoing discussions about the possibility of creating a separate driver’s licence for motorcycles with engines that are at least 400cc,” said Jaturong Kaewkasi, chief policy adviser at the Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO). “However, nothing has been finalized yet.”

If implemented, the new licence would require drivers to be at least 18 years old and to have completed a training course from a qualified driving center.

Full Story: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Officials-mull-big-bike-licence/63717?desktopversion#ad-image-0

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-- Phuket Gazette 2016-19-04

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Bikes with 400 cc are Mopeds only.

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Would be great if they could also allow big bikes to use flyovers and highways. It's not like we went slower than cars.

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I love the definition of "big bike" in this country.. :D

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It is a good idea, but just 400cc as a norm is bit silly as there are fast 400s that are not beginners bikes, should be about power / weight ratio of the bike.

And not 18 but 21 years old.

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Thais and foreigners alike can't avoid mishaps with 125-150's which make up the majority of the bikes here in my opinion so 400 is a +/- 200% greater engine displacement. I'd call that a big jump from the average.

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I don't expect any change ... in my country (the UK) there is no 'big bike' license. You get a provisional with engine size restricions ... pas the bike test then you drive what you want.

I passed my provisional test at age 16 and then could drive any size bike. Seems good to me. Pass bike test and you are good to go on any bike ...

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Maybe the smaller bikes also need a drivers license? And over 10 years old?

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Maybe the smaller bikes also need a drivers license? And over 10 years old?

Very good point ....

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I don't expect any change ... in my country (the UK) there is no 'big bike' license. You get a provisional with engine size restricions ... pas the bike test then you drive what you want.

I passed my provisional test at age 16 and then could drive any size bike. Seems good to me. Pass bike test and you are good to go on any bike ...

Yes, there is compulsory basic training requirement, and a two years limitation to a certain horsepower or engine size I think (125cc) and 21 years and over..

Unless of course you do a Direct Access Course (min age 24) CBT, theory and practical. A bit more than here. :-)

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Why is this being "mulled over" by Phuket officials?

Shouldn't this be "mulled over" at the National level, in Bangkok?

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I don't expect any change ... in my country (the UK) there is no 'big bike' license. You get a provisional with engine size restricions ... pas the bike test then you drive what you want.

I passed my provisional test at age 16 and then could drive any size bike. Seems good to me. Pass bike test and you are good to go on any bike ...

Complete B*llocks !

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/annex-2-motorcycle-licence-requirements

If you are ignorant of fact then refrain from posting.

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Would be great if they could also allow big bikes to use flyovers and highways. It's not like we went slower than cars.

Might be a reason to live in Isaan? I had two 750 cc bikes here and never drove on the Moped lane.

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Mine is 1650 something. A 400cc Jap bike would run circles around me. The classification make no sense at all. Like most Thai driving rules, nobody follows them any how.

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I don't expect any change ... in my country (the UK) there is no 'big bike' license. You get a provisional with engine size restricions ... pas the bike test then you drive what you want.

I passed my provisional test at age 16 and then could drive any size bike. Seems good to me. Pass bike test and you are good to go on any bike ...

Complete B*llocks !

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/annex-2-motorcycle-licence-requirements

If you are ignorant of fact then refrain from posting.

Some people are really strange. How can there not be a big bike drivers license in a developed country?

I made my license for big bikes when I was 17 in Germany, but had to wait until my 18th birthday to be allowed to ride it.

The little ones doing 25 km/h with 14/15 didn't need a license, but for the 50 cc who did 80 km +/h when I was 16 was a driver's license needed, called class four.

I seriously doubt that it's much different in the UK.

Is there anybody around who was a member at ghost Riders Chapter Holland around 78'? Please page me, I'm looking for some old pics.

I've got some photos from Ghostriders, Chapter Germany in exchange.

And when I had my first 750 cc bike there's no need and no law to wear a helmet. It took two more years to come with laws to wear a helmet.

The young folks these days do not seem to understand how "cool" it is to drive with 180 km/h through the city. F R E E D O M P U R E.

Yes, I saw my own friends dying on the streets after a serious crash, but it didn't stop us from riding.

There're certain things in life that are dangerous, but you'll have to do it to understand what I'm on about.

From a biker who had to sell his bike to make it to Europe to get his bones fixed after an accident.

I hope the bloke in Phuket still got this dream bike that came with the Sisaket license plate with the number 1 on it.

Unfortunately, did I just recently see a Thai with this number, so he must have been stupid enough to give this number away.

If this guy reads this post, please send me a message.. I miss the bike so much. thumbsup.gif

P.S. Something went wrong with the evolution, there's a biker club in Kantharalak, ( Sisaket province), mostly 400 cc " Choppers" ( lol) with the outstanding name :

Kwai Riders. Sorry, couldn't find an image of one of them. That's a danish Kwai......

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