Dozens of new traffic regulations take effect

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Two dozen new traffic regulations took effect Jan. 25 aimed at thwarting street racers and curbing vehicle-registration fraud.  The vast majority of the new prohibitions relate to illegal modification of cars, usually done by street racers or those adding large stereo systems to park on or cruise local streets, but the new Land Traffic Act does increase punishment and fines for almost all offenses. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan)

Two dozen new traffic regulations took effect Jan. 25 aimed at thwarting street racers and curbing vehicle-registration fraud.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Adul Narongsak, deputy commissioner of Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police Bureau, announced the new initiatives Jan. 21.

He said minor offenses increased to 32,412 through November with most citations made for parking in prohibited areas. Serious traffic violations totaled 20,142 through November with driving the wrong way the most common offense.

Two dozen new traffic regulations took effect Jan. 25 aimed at thwarting street racers and curbing vehicle-registration fraud.  The vast majority of the new prohibitions relate to illegal modification of cars, usually done by street racers or those adding large stereo systems to park on or cruise local streets, but the new Land Traffic Act does increase punishment and fines for almost all offenses. (Photo by Urasin Khantaraphan)

In the same period, more than 40,000 people were cited for safety-related offenses including not wearing seat belts or not wearing motorcycle helmets. More than 6,500 people were cited from driving motorbikes on sidewalks.

The new Land Traffic Act increases punishment and fines. For example, not wearing helmets, parking in a prohibited area and/or driving the wrong way will see fines increase to 1,000 baht from as little as 200 baht now.

The vast majority of the new prohibitions relate to illegal modification of cars, usually done by street racers or those adding large stereo systems to park on or cruise local streets. Examples include lowering or raising the chassis, oversized wheels, extra lights or windows replaced with rollbars. In most cases, fines will be 2,000 or less.

Two dozen new traffic regulations took effect Jan. 25 aimed at thwarting street racers and curbing vehicle-registration fraud.

Fines of 2,000 baht will be levied for missing registration tags on windshields or tags misplaced or changed. Those found falsifying registration will be criminally prosecuted.

Driving with fog lights on unnecessarily will cost 500 baht while illegally adding a sun roof will result in a 2,000 baht fine.  Making any modifications to a car within one year of purchase can result in a fine up to 10,000 baht.