Passengers are allowed to ride on back of pickup trucks for another year

Police will continue to postpone the ban against passengers riding on the back of pickup trucks for next year unless it is deemed dangerous to the passengers, Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, said Monday (Dec 19).

However, he warned that police would strictly enforce traffic laws during the New Year's long holidays, particularly drunk driving, in order to reduce road accidents which normally shoot up during the festive season.

As for the requirement for motorcyclists and pillion riders to wear crash helmets, the deputy national police chief said that the law would be applied, initially in metropolitan area, starting during the New Year festival.

However, he added that, during the initial stage, both the bikers and pillion riders who do not wear crash helmets would be warned instead of being arrested, but they would not be allowed to continue riding unless they wear the helmets.

He explained that police could not seize the vehicles of the law-breaking bikers for not wearing crash helmets unless there is enough reason to believe that they committed other offences, in which case police could use their discretion to impound their bikes.

As for the new traffic tickets which were officially introduced on Sunday (Dec 17), Pol Gen Srivara said that police had, so far, not received any complaints from the public.

Unlike the old tickets, the new tickets have bar code and also available in English language, allowing people issued with the tickets to pay fines at commercial banks.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)