BANGKOK, 25th August 2018 (NNT) – The Land Transport Department has allayed motorists’ worries about the new bill that will see those caught driving without a license having to pay a hefty fine of up to 50,000 baht, saying the proposed law is aimed at improving road safety.
Deputy Director-General of the Department of Land Transport, Kamol Buranapong explained that the new bill, which combines the contents of the Land Transport Act 1979 and the Motor Vehicle Act 1979, is to strengthen the surveillance of motorists’ behavior to prevent and reduce traffic accidents more efficiently.
According to Mr. Kamol, statistics indicated that as many as 60 percent of drivers responsible for road accidents have no driver’s license, and most of them are aged under 24. It is also found that the risk of motorists without driver licenses being killed or injured in road accidents is twice that of motorists having driver licenses.
Meanwhile, Commander of the Special Police Branch’s Division 3, Pol Maj-General Ekkarat Limsangkat has eased public fears that the new bill would open the way for rogue officers to demand money from motorists, saying the court, not police is the only body to decide on the penalty.
National Police Spokesman Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen, later announced that all police on duty had been instructed to remove their face masks when having to identify themselves to motorists. Those spotting rule-breaking police are advised to photograph them or send video clips showing their rule-breaking actions to the Royal Thai Police immediately.
Source : NNT