VISITOR INFORMATION : Thai authorities to tighten law enforcement on traffic rules at eight major tourist destinations
Thai authorities have put in place measures to tighten law enforcement on traffic rules and regulations to improve road safety at eight major tourist destinations– Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ko Samui, Phuket, Hat Yai, Samut Prakan, and Ayutthaya.
Effective from 1 March, 2016, the Royal Thai Police and its related divisions – Tourist Police, Traffic Police, Strategy Division, Foreign Affairs Division – in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Department of Highways are strengthening the enforcement of traffic laws on motorists and motorcyclists.
The strict enforcement will cover 10 key traffic rules and regulations including driving on the pavement, driving without a license, driving against the traffic/not giving way to pedestrians at crossings, driving without wearing a seatbelt/helmet, careless or inconsiderate driving, driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated, illegal car accessorising, and parking in a prohibited space.
The move came in response to the Royal Thai Government’s announcement in late January requesting the Royal Thai Police to tighten law enforcement on traffic rules and regulations across the country, as part of the broader effort to upgrade safety and security standards, and to boost trust and confidence among the public.