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All Car Passengers in Thailand Are Now Required To Buckle Up

Bangkok, Sat Mar 25 2017
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Earlier this week amendments were made to certain sections of the Land Traffic Act which now make it the law in Thailand that all passengers in a car or similar vehicle must wear a seat belt. The amendments which became law on the 21st March were proposed and backed by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha.

As reported by the Bangkok Post earlier this week;

All passengers in a car are now required to fasten their seat belts under amendments to some sections of the Land Traffic Act made by an order of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chairman Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The NCPO's Order 14/2560, was issued under Section 44 of the interim charter, and published in the Royal Gazette on March 21. It imposes additional legal measures for the people's safety. The amendments were made to Sections 55, 123 and 141 of the Land Traffic Act.

According to the announcement:

Section 55 was amended to empower traffic police officers or persons authorised by them to remove a vehicle which has been parked in violation of the Land Traffic Act or use some devices to lock it up to prevent it from being removed. The driver or owner of the vehicle is required to pay the removal or lock up cost, and for the up-keep of it while in the care of the traffic police.

Section 123 was amended to require the drivers of vehicles to fasten their seat belts and make sure all passengers buckle up as well. The amendment to Section 141 empowers traffic law enforcement officials to notify the driver or owner of a vehicle who has been issued a ticket for violating the law to pay the fine within 15 days.

If the driver or owner of the vehicle does not pay the fine in time, the traffic police must send a letter advising the vehicle registrar to order the violator to pay the fine within 30 days.

If the driver or owner of the vehicle still does not pay the fine, a case will be filed with a court and the vehicle registrar will not extend the vehicle's annual registration until the payment is made.

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