Seat belts mandatory for all seated in vehicle from Sept 5

Seat belts mandatory for all seated in vehicle from Sept 5

Police will begin enforcing the new traffic law requiring everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt from early next month.

Police said on Thursday the rule would be effective from Sept 5. It  requires all people in vehicle seats to wear seat belts.

According to the Royal Gazette announcement, it applies nationwide.

Initially, police would issue warnings to those failing to comply, to make the requirement more widely known. Strict enforcement would follow, police said.

Failing to wear a seat belt carries a maximum fine of 2,000 baht.

Passenger cars first registered before Jan 1, 1988, and pickup trucks first registered before Jan 1, 1994, will be spared. They were built before the Land Transport Department officially campaigned for seat belt installation in those kinds of vehicles.

Details relating to child-seats and alternative safety measures for children aged 6 years and under in  vehicles had yet to be finalised, police said.


  • comply (verb): to obey a rule, law, agreement, etc. or do what someone asks you to do - ปฏิบัติตาม (กฎหมาย, ข้อเสนอ, ข้อตกลง etc.)
  • effective: officially begun to be used ; to take effect - มีผล
  • enforcement: the process of making sure that something happens, especially that people obey a law or rule - การบังคับใช้กฎหมาย
  • enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
  • finalise: to complete the last part of a plan, trip, project, etc - ทำให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์
  • initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น
  • register (verb): to record something on a list - บันทึก
  • spared: prevented from having to experience something unpleasant - อยู่รอด
  • strict: demanding that rules are obeyed; very careful and exact - เข้มงวด
  • vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ
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