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New driver penalty points system to be introduced in January

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The points system has been threatened for many years. Maybe this time it’s really going to happen.

Thailand’s National Police Chief says a new driver penalty points system will come into effect from January 9, in another effort to cut road accidents. Damrongsak Kittiprapas says all motorists will start out with 12 “credits” or points on their licence. Points will be deducted depending on the nature of their driving offence.

Nation Thailand reports that some of the offences that will see a driver lose one point are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, riding a motorbike without a helmet, not stopping at a pedestrian crossing, failure to pay a traffic fine on time, and using a phone while driving.

Drivers who fail to stop at a red light will lose 2 points, those found guilty of a hit-and-run will lose 3 points, while motorists under the influence of alcohol or drugs will lose 4. Drivers involved in illegal road races will also lose 4 points.

Damrongsak says points will be deducted via the electronic Police Ticket Management system.

“If the driver’s score is zero, the driving licence will be suspended for 90 days. They will be notified in writing by the police.”

The police chief adds that anyone caught driving on a suspended driving licence could face up to 3 months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 10,000 baht.

“Three suspensions within 3 years will lead to a suspension longer than 90 days. Those with a fourth suspension may see their driving licence revoked.”

It’s understood that deducted points will be returned one year after the offence, with the exception of drivers who’ve lost all 12 points. They will be required to take and pass a training course offered by the Department of Land Transport in order to get their points back.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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