New traffic e-regs effective Friday

New traffic e-regs effective Friday

A traffic policeman pulls over a motorist. From Friday he will not be allowed to seize your licence, forcing a trip to the police station. (Bangkok Post file photo)
A traffic policeman pulls over a motorist. From Friday he will not be allowed to seize your licence, forcing a trip to the police station. (Bangkok Post file photo)

A new regulation enabling the punishment of errant motorists without seizing their driving licence becomes effective on Friday as authorities begin to digitalise measures against traffic violators.

Under the new Land Traffic Act, drivers will still be required to pay fines, however, the police will not seize their licences, as this is seen as a burden on motorists who usually have to go to the station to get it back. 

However, "drivers must still show their licence when asked," deputy city police chief Chirasan Kaeosaengek said on Thursday.

An electronic driving licence -- the virtual version of a licence stored on a mobile phone app developed by the Department of Land Transport -- will be accepted, as will be a photo of an e-driving licence with a quick response (QR) code. 

Drivers can, of course, still show their physical driving licence, Pol Maj Gen Chirasan said.

The e-driving licence scheme marks fresh moves by the department and the police to use digital technology to help keep drivers in line with the law. 

Drivers who receive traffic tickets can also use the mobile app to check the status of their fines, which they can pay at land transport offices when paying annual car taxes.

“The department and the Royal Thai Police are now linked digitally which will also allow offenders to pay fines online beginning from Oct 1," deputy department chief Chantira Purutpat said.

If offenders fail to pay the fines, they will be issued only a temporary car permit when they pay their registration taxes and must settle their fines within 30 days, she added.

Police are also planning to enforce a law on deduction of licence points for driving offences from Dec 19, Pol Maj Gen Chirasan said. If a driver loses all 10 points, their licence will be suspended.


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