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New traffic tickets include English, allow appeals

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.

The Nation

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