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Thailand’s Taxi Drivers Face New Penalty Points Based System

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Thailand’s Department of Land Transport has announced it will rigorously enforce a points-based system next month for taxi drivers to promote safer driving in the nation.

The points system has been in place in Thailand for several years, however, it has been loosely applied by the Royal Thai Police. But from December, the Transportation department will fully implement two regulations. They will be targeting drivers of taxis; tuk-tuks; and motorcycle taxis, according to Director-general Chirute Visalachitra.

The second of these regulations will see their licenses suspended or withdrawn if the offender runs out of penalty points. The drivers of taxis; tuk-tuks; and motorcycle taxis will initially be awarded 100 points.

They will receive deductions of 10, 20, or 30 points for traffic violations depending on the severity of the offence.

The Transport department is encouraging both drivers and employers to study the new rules at www.dlt.go.th/th or via the Facebook fan page.

Suspension or loss of license for taxi drivers

Anyone who breaks the law and does not have any points left on their driver’s license will have it suspended for 90 days. Two 90 day suspensions will lead to a 3-year suspension, Director-general Chirute said.

Some driving offenses will result in the immediate loss of all points they have left. These include narcotics use; driving under suspension; harming others’ safety, or causing accidents that result in fatalities.

Drivers with deducted penalty points can recover 50-100 points by joining two 4-hour training sessions.

Their points will be returned on the day of the examination following the training. If they do not pass, they will be given three opportunities to take the test again within seven days.

Commercial Transport Drivers can attend one training session per year.

Drivers who wish to recover their points can file a complaint at transport department offices across the nation using their driving licenses or their Thai ID cards.

The Trasport department also said that these measures will not be applied to drivers of private cars for personal use,


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