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Thai government to get tough on unpaid traffic fines

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Starting from April 1, drivers who have outstanding traffic fines will not be issued with the annual vehicle registration tax sticker for their windshield, according to a government spokesperson.

According to a Nation Thailand report, Rachada Dhnadirek says drivers who fail to display the tax sticker to traffic officers will face a maximum fine of 2,000 baht and a deduction of one point from their driving licence.

This new measure by the government is aimed at encouraging drivers to comply with traffic laws. To receive the tax sticker, drivers must pay all outstanding traffic fines. If they don’t pay, they won’t get the sticker.

In the past, many drivers who received traffic violation tickets via mail refused to pay the fines. This led to some drivers being arrested as a warning to others to pay their fines. Some drivers believed that the Land Transport Department’s database wasn’t connected to the traffic police’s database and therefore, it was impossible to know which vehicles had been fined.

Starting from April 1, the Land Transport Department will have the ability to check vehicles to determine if the drivers have any outstanding fines. Rachada noted, however, that this measure will not be applied retroactively.

Drivers who want to check if they have outstanding fines can do so HERE (it’s all in Thai language of course). Fines can be paid through the Krung Thai Bank app, Krungthai NEXT, or at a Krungthai ATM.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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