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French tourists arrested for driving around Patong making noise

Seven French tourists were arrested and fined by Phuket police last night for disturbing the peace with their motorcycles in the island’s party town of Patong . Police say they had received numerous complaints from residents and motorists after the fleet of noisy bikes was cruising the streets of Patong and revving their engines, creating a loud noise and excessive exhaust.

Superintendent of Patong police, Pol Col Suchin Nilbodi, says the arrests and fines were necessary, emphasising the “need for responsible road behaviour in Phuket”.

He also urged motorcycle rental services to educate their customers on the importance of avoiding activities that may cause a disturbance. The police have promised to enforce stricter traffic regulations and maintain discipline on the roads to preserve Phuket’s reputation as a tourist-friendly destination.

People renting a motorbike in Thailand must have a Thai motorbike license, OR a motorbike license from their home country AND an international drivers permit to go along with it. Motorbike rental companies are usually happy with showing your license as ID when renting out a motorbike.

Renters, if they have an accident or end up in hospital, will void their insurance without valid motorbike driving licenses.

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