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New traffic law with severer penalties is now in force

Drivers failing to pay traffic ticket fines will now face severer penalties under a new regulation issued under Section 44 of the interim constitution.

The warning came from Pol Lt Gen Withaya Prayongphan, assistant commissioner of the Royal Thai Police after the prime minister decided to invoke Section 44 to tackle traffic accidents.

The assistant commissioner recalled that from September last year until today, more than 680,000 traffic tickets were issued to violators, but only 11% were paid.

As traffic violators are expected to increase particularly during the Songkran festival, the need to tighten enforcement of traffic law is therefore necessary.

Making changes to existing laws through normal process won’t be in time, but the use of Section 44.

Under the new regulation, not only drivers of pubic transport and private cars  are required to fasten seat belts, but their passengers as well.

He said traffic violators will be given first warning if they don’t pay the fine within the time stated in the ticket.

Failing to pay the ticket after the first warning expires, he said the police will send the ticket to the Land Transport Department, he said.

Under the new regulation, annual car registration will not be allowed to be extended, but tax payment accepted  if traffic ticket is not paid.

Thai PBS

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