Harsher punishment planned for drunk drivers


BANGKOK – The Land Transport Department plans to discuss harsher punishment on drunk drivers following a directive from a deputy prime minister.

Chirute Visalachitra, director-general of the department, said he would discuss the issue with the police, judicial authorities and the civil sector. Mr Chirute responded to Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul who posted on his Facebook account that he wanted the department to revoke driving licenses of drunk and reckless drivers.

According to the director-general, the licenses of public transport drivers will be revoked after they repeated their driving offences.

For the wrongdoing of private vehicle drivers, a concerned court will decide on punishment depending on the nature of their offences.

Mr Chirute also said that his department was merging the land transport law with the vehicle law. The new law would certainly include harsher punishment on drunk and reckless drivers but the punishment changes through the new legislation would take times.