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Τίτλος: DRIVING in THAILAND.....
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Νοέμβριος 16, 2012, 08:25:35 πμ
2012 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Sunday 18 November 2012 marks the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims to remember all those killed or injured in road traffic accidents, together with their families, the emergency services and all others affected or involved.

There are over 25 million vehicles in Thailand, a high proportion of which are motorcycles and mopeds. Sadly road traffic accidents in Thailand account for the second most frequent cause of death among Foreign nationals as well as a high number of hospitalisations. The majority of these involve motorcycles and mopeds. Although it is compulsory for the rider to wear a helmet in Thailand, many do not do so.

Research has shown that holiday makers abroad are most at risk of having an accident just 60 minutes into their first journey.

Visitors to a foreign country are one-and-a-half times as likely to have a serious accident when travelling in a 100-110 km/h speed limit zone as domestic drivers, because of unfamiliarity at driving at these speeds. Familiarise yourself with the local driving laws – including local speed limits.

Visitors to a foreign country are twice as likely to have a serious accident as domestic drivers because of driver fatigue. Don’t drive when you’re tired, jet lagged and take regular breaks on long journeys.

An international or Thai driving licence is required to drive in Thailand.

Travelling by motorcycle, scooter or moped is significantly more dangerous than by car - if you’re not accustomed to riding a motorcycle you should not attempt to ride one for the first time when abroad on unfamiliar roads. Always wear a safety helmet and suitable clothing.

The probability of being involved in an accident increases for car drivers when renting a vehicle, but is six times higher for people who hire mopeds or motorbikes. If hiring, rent from a reputable company and check your insurance cover. Some motorcycles or scooters for hire in beach resorts are often unregistered and cannot be used legally on a public road.

You could be held personally responsible for any claim for injury or damage if you are not fully covered. Check with your insurance company that you’re fully covered to drive abroad including breakdown recovery and any medical expenses resulting from an accident. Make sure your travel insurance covers you before you decide to drive or be a passenger on a motorbike - check the exclusions carefully.

Don’t drink and drive. The legal blood-alcohol limit in Thailand is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Road traffic accidents are a cause for great concern having a profound effect on both those individuals involved and their families. Accidents do occur and not all tragedies are avoidable, but the outcome could be very different with many lives being saved and critical injuries reduced if people adopted the same safety precautions abroad that they would naturally take at home.

It is not uncommon for families to have the additional worry of mounting hospital bills as either the motorbike’s engine size or the failure to wear a crash helmet invalidates many travel insurance policies.

While in Thailand, If you are involved in an accident and needing consular assistance from the Greek Embassy you should  know its contacts  in Bangkok: Tel.: 026791462 - Fax: 026791463 E-mail:
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Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Ιούνιος 12, 2014, 09:39:52 πμ


A Foreigner with a non-immigrant O-A visa could not get a five-year renewal anymore, but only a one-year renewal.

Foreigners staying in Thailand on non-immigrant O-A visas are permitted to hold a Thai driver’s license valid for one year only.

Do not be confused by foreigners staying in Thailand on non-immigrant B [Business] visas. Foreigners who have work permits are permitted to have five-year licenses.

To renew your driver’s license, you must apply at the PLTO in person.

If you have a work permit, you do not need a letter from immigration confirming your address. Just bring your work permit and copies of the relevant pages of the work permit.

However, if you do not have a work permit, a letter from immigration confirming your address is required.

You also need to bring your previous driver’s license and your passport (plus copies), and a doctor’s certificate verifying that you are physically fit to drive.

Do not bring two one-inch photos as a camera that can transfer your photo directly onto the new license is used by the Department.

Charges are as follows:

One-year motorbike driver’s license: 155 Baht

One-year car driver’s license: 205 Baht

Five-year motorbike driver’s license: 355 Baht

Five-year car driver’s license: 605 Baht

Change of address: 50 Baht
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιανουάριος 24, 2015, 20:51:37 μμ


Once you have been in Thailand for a period extending 3 months, you will need an Thai driving licence, even though international drivers licenses are legally accepted.
Several insurance companies have a fine print stating that the driver should hold a valid Thai driving licence to be fully covered.
Besides that: You’ll offer the local law enforcement great opportunities by continuing to drive with an international license.

On the positive site: a domestic thai drivers license can, sometimes, be used to avoid paying the typical “farang prices”***.
A Thai driver’s license is then accepted as sort of proof that the holder is not a tourist.

Having a thai drivers license may sometimes also make police slightly more lenient towards the fact that expats can not carry their passport at all times.

Applicants for a Thai (international) drivers license need to meet the following requirements:

Qualifying requirements:

Being of sound mind and good health (not having physical or mental handicap(s) that will prevent them from operating a vehicle safely) – being at least 18 years of age
If the applicant is not Thai national, the applicant must hold a valid Non-Immigrant Visa (tourists can not apply).
What you will need when applying for your thai drivers license:

If you can not read and / nor understand the Thai language, you are allowed to bring a interpreter to fill the forms and translate the possible instruction class and tests.
Valid Passport with Valid Non-immigrant Visa
Signed copies of the passport’s first page, the page with the current non-immigrant visa, the page with the last entry stamp and the TM-card.
A certified letter of address from the applicant’s embassy, or from the Immigration Bureau (document can not be older than 30 days).
Tip: The letter from the embassy is the fastest option, but the immigration office will provide this service for free.
However, it will take them 3-6 weeks to complete and an officer from your local police station will visit your place of residence for verification.

If you are working in Thailand: the blue workbook, better known as your work permit, can replace either of these documents and serve as address verification!

A doctor’s certificate stating that the applicant is in good health, both physically and mentally (standard forms are available from most clinics and should not be more than 30 days old)
2 photos, 1 x 1 inch and not older than 6 months (photo service is available on the premises).
Valid international driver’s license plus signed photocopy or translated regular driving licence from the applicant’s home country, certified by Embassy or consulate. (if available).
Note that 1 set of these documents is required per licence applications.
However, when applying for both a car and a motorcycle license, an extra copy of the doctor’s certificate and the letter of address will suffice for the second application.

The application procedure:**

Take the Thai language application form from the room behind window # 35 and fill out the form, applying for the 1 year temporary driving licence.
If you did not bring any pictures, you can have them taken at the booth in the application room, while your translator waits in the queue for windows #35.
Hand in all above listed documents and move over to the left window and wait a couple of minutes.
The documents will be handed back and you will be told to head over to window #20 for another verification of the documents.
Once you receive their approval stamp, you can go back to window #35.
After another administrative action they will direct you towards the test area on the 3rd floor, where you will need to pass 3 tests:

Color Blindness Test: One of the officials will point to colored dots on a poster and you should responds by stating the dot’s colour.
Answers in Thai are preferred but generally English words are understood as well.
Reflex Test: Be seated behind an alternative gas and brake pedal and push the accelerator until the green led’s start to light up.
Hit the brake pedal before the led’s reach the red zone. You will have to repeat this test twice.
Depth Perception Test: Use forward and back buttons to align a moving pin with a fixed one, in a small box at app. 10 meters distance.
Initially it looks more confusing than it actually is, but if you, like me, have a problem with 3D vision, you can click here to learn how to pass this test without without any risks.
You will need to repeat this test twice.
If you have passed all of these tests, your documents will be signed and handed back to you, at this point.
Then it’s back down to the window where it all started out, where, if everything is in order, you will receive a queue number.
Move over to the windows on your left (1 thru 6, I believe it was) and wait until your number comes up on the board.
Handover your documents and your passport (and work permit, if that was used for address verification).
After they have been checked for a very last time you will be allowed to pay the 105 Baht fee.
A few minutes later your name will be called (best to react to anything that starts with Mr.) and 2 signatures later you will be the proud owner of a 1 year temporary Thai driver’s license.
Behind the main building, in between the food stalls and the toilets you will find a small shop that will cut and laminate your license for a minimal fee.
get in your car and drive off with a smile, pleasantly surprised at the excellent service you have just received.

** room numbers and other locations within the building are specific to the Hua Krabu branch in Bangkhuntian district in south bangkok.

*** a common practice, where foreigners are charged a multiple of what Thai nationals pay for entering typical tourist places like nature parks, certain temples and palaces.
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Αποστολή από: namtok στις Ιανουάριος 25, 2015, 03:53:02 πμ

A certified letter of address from the applicant’s embassy, or from the Immigration Bureau (document can not be older than 30 days).
Tip: The letter from the embassy is the fastest option, but the immigration office will provide this service for free.
However, it will take them 3-6 weeks to complete and an officer from your local police station will visit your place of residence for verification.

2 photos, 1 x 1 inch and not older than 6 months (photo service is available on the premises).
Εαν υπάρχει κίτρινο βιβλίο, δηλαδή καταχώρηση σε δημοτικό μητρώο δεν χρειάζεται βεβαίωση από την πρεσβεία η το immigration.
Φωτογραφίες δεν χρειάζονται. Αφού περάσεις τα τεστς και πας να παραλάβεις το δίπλωμα σου βγάζουν φωτογραφία επι τόπου και αμέσως αυτή εκτυπώνεται στο δίπλωμα.
Τα τεστς είναι εντελώς χαζά! Και ο πιό άσχετος τα περνάει. Για αυτό και τόσα ατυχήματα.
Λόγω των ατυχημάτων η πρώτη φορά που παίρνει κάποιος δίπλωμα είτε Ταϋλανδός, είτε ξένος είναι για ένα χρόνο. Μετά τον χρόνο, πάλι οι ίδιες χαζές εξετάσεις και αυτή τη φορά η επέκταση είναι για 5 χρόνια με ένα bonus. Το bonus είναι οτι σου δίνουν 5 χρόνια, συν το χρόνο που υπολοίπεται μέχρι τα γενέθλιά σου, για να μη το ξεχάσεις!
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Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Μάιος 05, 2016, 16:38:54 μμ
Τίτλος: Απ: DRIVING in THAILAND.....
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Φεβρουάριος 11, 2017, 13:31:07 μμ
Τίτλος: Απ: DRIVING in THAILAND.....
Αποστολή από: halfway inn στις Μάρτιος 22, 2017, 07:47:28 πμ
All car passengers now required to buckle up

March 22, 2017

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Τίτλος: New traffic tickets include English, allow appeals
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Αύγουστος 21, 2017, 14:22:29 μμ
A new generation of traffic tickets about to be launched will include both Thai and English languages, along with a barcode to help in paying fines.
The new approach would also allow accused motorists to object to the officers’ charges and explain themselves within 15 days.
The new ticket would have a section for a police officer to record whether the accused agreed or not with the charges.

When an accused violator reported to a police investigator at the precinct to pay the fine or to proclaim innocence and object to the charges, the ticket would be revoked if the investigator were convinced, said Pol Lt-General Wittaya Prayongpan, acting advisor to the Royal Thai Police (RTP), on Monday.
Wittaya, who has overseen the new approach, said the Royal Gazette last Friday published the new designs for both the version to be manually filled out by officers and the version to be sent to violators’ homes via post.


 Until the new version of the ticket to be filled out by police officers is printed and in use in about 120 days, the officers will continue to write tickets with the old design, Wittaya said.
The new traffic tickets to be sent to the accused via post were now ready for use nationwide, he said. That version would include details of the accused motorists accumulated points to date for the 27 key traffic charges, so that the RTP could collect related statistics.
Wittaya said that the new tickets would curb corruption and bribery issues concerning fines, while the details and statistics collected would be useful for police to develop strategies to reduce future road accidents.

Τίτλος: Tourists face JAIL for riding scooters without a Thai licence
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Ιούλιος 10, 2019, 16:11:09 μμ
Tourists face JAIL for riding scooters without a Thai licence


They face a month in jail or a one thousand baht fine.
Rental shops are also on the radar with fines up to 2,000 baht for anyone who rents to tourists who&nbsp;don’t show a license.</p>
Pol Maj Arut Sathanon said he was following orders handed down from
the RTP HQ that were being taken seriously by the new Pattaya chief Pol Col Prawit Chorseng.
Patrols could be expected every night and shops were being inspected.
Sophon referred to “gangs of tourists” on noisy bikes touring around
the resort annoying other road users, other tourists and residents.


The announcement appears to be a response to an incident involving
Arab tourists who were part of a large group driving around that led to
the death of a female Russian tourist a few weeks ago.
Another serious accident just this morning saw two Thai students grievously injured in an accident with a tourist on a motorcycle.
Pol Maj Arut said that all tourists must be in possession of an
international driving licence (or other legal permit) to rent and ride a  motorcycle at the resort.
Offenders could face a month in jail and a fine up to 1,000 baht or both.
Shops renting bikes to tourists could face a fine of up to 2,000 baht for contravening the regulations.
These were being strictly enforced, he said with no get out clause.
The force is also cracking down on illegally adapted motorcycles and cars in the city.

Τίτλος: 50k baht fine and 3 months jail for driving without a license
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Σεπτέμβριος 01, 2019, 10:00:51 πμ

50k baht fine and 3 months jail for driving without a license under transport law upgrades.

Thai Rath are reporting that proposals are in the pipeline for a large scale revamp of fines and jail terms for Thais without driving licenses.
They claim that the top police say road behavior needs to change and that they’ve had enough.
The transport ministry is recommending the changes for two out of date laws that date back to 1979.
This would mean drivers without licenses could now be fined up to 50,000 baht and go to jail for three months.
The previous penalty was a 1,000 baht ‘slap on the wrist’ and a possible jail term of one month.
Motorists driving while suspended or who have had their license confiscated can also face 3 months jail or a 50,000 baht fine. Previously this was a 2,000 baht fine only.
The proposal, intended to be put to Thai ministerial committees next month, further state that drivers who fail to produce a valid license when requested can be fined 10,000 baht up from the previous 1,000 baht.
The proposals also include modernization of procedures, computerisation, linking provincial databases and other licensing matters.
The proposals are seen to bring the law up to date and are designed to change the behavior of Thais for the better.
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Αποστολή από: Μιχάλης_ στις Σεπτέμβριος 01, 2019, 18:41:37 μμ
Εχουμε θέμα με International Driving Permit ;;
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Αποστολή από: labiko στις Σεπτέμβριος 02, 2019, 01:50:31 πμ
Το διεθνές δίπλωμα έχει πλήρη ισχύ για 3 μήνες από την μέρα που μπήκες στην Ταϊλάνδη
Τίτλος: Απ: DRIVING in THAILAND.....
Αποστολή από: diamantis στις Σεπτέμβριος 02, 2019, 11:11:38 πμ
Δηλαδή αν μας σταματήσουν με το μηχανάκι με δίπλωμα από τα καινούργια που είναι στα Αγγλικά και με βιομετρικα  στοιχεία αλλά δεν Έχουμε πάει στην ΕΛΠΑ αν θυμάμαι καλά . για να το κάνουμε διεθνές θα συμβεί το ιδιο;
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Αποστολή από: labiko στις Σεπτέμβριος 03, 2019, 01:49:29 πμ
Κατά 99%η αστυνομία θα το δεχτεί. Αλλά αν εμπλακείς σε κάποιο ατύχημα φταις δε φταις το πρώτο που σου ζητάνε είναι το δίπλωμα ,αν δεν είναι ταϊλανδικά ή διεθνές  δε σε καλύπτει καμία ασφάλεια
Τίτλος: Medical certs required for drivers from now on
Αποστολή από: thailandgr στις Φεβρουάριος 12, 2021, 11:04:41 πμ
From February 19, people applying for a new driver’s licence or renewing one will be required to present a medical certificate proving they do not have any conditions that may affect their driving.
The certificate is also necessary when a new automobile is purchased.
The Department of Land Transport has set this new condition in a bid to reduce road accidents.
Thailand’s roads are said to the deadliest in Southeast Asia, with some 20,000 fatalities per year or about 56 deaths a day, according to the World Health Organisation.