CHIANG RAI – Provincial Land Transport officer Sukanya Siriphokakij stated that her office has begun addressing the issue of Chinese visitors to the province not being aware of Thai traffic laws and ending up in accidents.
Ms Sukanya said the Province has used a Ministry of Transport regulation to issue a by-law making it compulsory for all Chinese drivers to have third-party insurance for their cars.
Chinese Travelers bringing their personal cars into Thailand through Chiang Rai will be required to submit their passports, driving registration and drivers license to authorities 10 days before their arrival for approval.
The transport office is also initiating a training program for drivers to inform them about Thai driving laws.
The Royal Thai Police will prosecute any commuters who violate any of the 10 following rules. They include driving on the sidewalk, driving without a license, not stopping at a crosswalk for pedestrians, not wearing a seat belt, driving over the speed limit, driving under the influence, not wearing a helmet, creating a noise disturbance, parking illegally, and blocking the road.
While visiting Chiang Rai for a lecture at Mae Fah Luang University China’s Ambassador to Thailand HE Ning Fukui welcomed the clearer regulations, which he said would help Chinese travelers avoid problems while in Thailand.
The Ambassador gave his solid support to Thailandâ€™s plans to allow Chinese vehicles to bring Chinese tourists to the northern region of the country.
the Chinese envoy said Chinese tourists could avoid trouble, especially road accidents, while traveling in northern Thailand, if allowed to travel in Chinese vehicles.
Saying “Tourists don’t mean to violate traffic rules or cause any trouble but they might possibly misunderstand the Thai laws and regulations.”
Such misunderstandings on the part of the Chinese will in no way affect the relationship between Thailand and China.
By Supawadee Wangsri and Itiporn Lakarnchua, NNT