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Public hearing on driving penalties

The Royal Thai Police will hold a public hearing next month on plans to introduce a points system aimed at weeding out bad drivers.

Pol Maj-Gen Ekkarak Limsangkas, chief of the ticket management project and in charge of amending the traffic law, said on Wednesday that the hearing would be held from 1pm to 4pm on June 7 at the Royal Thai Police Club.

About 500 residents have been invited to express their opinions during the hearing, he added.

The hearing is required by Article 77 of the charter that says a new law impacting on the public needs a public hearing.

In the system designed by Ekkarak, each motorist would start with 12 points that would be cut down as drivers commit traffic offences, like the British system.

As a point is lost for a violation, it would not be returned for a year. If all 12 points were erased, the driver would be banned for 90 days. If they are banned three times within three years, the Land Transport Department would be notified, they would have their driver’s licence annulled and they would not be allowed to drive for a year, Ekkarak said.

The Nation 

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