BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Police are planning to launch a so-called traffic point cut-off system, a form of electronic ticketing aimed at improving driving discipline and reducing traffic accidents, early next year, after already increased penalties for traffic violations.
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From January 9, each driver’s license holder will receive 12 points, which will be reduced if caught violating traffic rules, said Pol Maj Gen Ekkarat Limsangkat, head of the Police Division road.
Breaking the speed limit, failing to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, avoiding wearing a hard hat, failing to fasten a seat belt, and talking on the phone while driving are examples of misconduct that may result in a deduction of a point, he said.
Running red lights or intentionally driving in the wrong direction – for example on one-way streets – will result in the deduction of two points, while illegal running on a public road will result in the removal of three points, a he declared.
The maximum penalty of four points is linked to serious offenses such as drunk driving, he added.
A loss of the 12 points will lead to the suspension of the driver’s license for 90 days, he said, adding that the deducted points will be restored 12 months after their withdrawal.
More details can be found at https://ptm.police.go.th/eTicket or through the government’s e-wallet app called Pao Tang, Pol Maj Gen Ekkarat said.
Ahead of the launch of the new e-ticketing system, a new regulation resulting in an automatic 90-day driver’s license suspension came into effect on July 13, reports the Bangkok Post.
Such suspensions will apply to violations that pose a serious risk of danger to the public, or where violators attempt to flee after causing damage to third parties or public property in a traffic accident, a- he declared.
Driving without a license, meanwhile, could result in a three-month jail term and a maximum fine of 10,000 baht, he said.
The prison term for repeat offenders caught driving under the influence, for example, has been increased to two years, with the fine raised from 50,000 to 100,000 baht, he said.