Attention, information for drivers!
Since 5 2022 fines in the Kingdom of Thailand for traffic violations age septemberut 10 times
- For violation of the speed limit – 4000 baht!
- For running a red light – 4000 baht!
- For not allowing a pedestrian to pass at a pedestrian crossing – 4000 baht!
- For travel in the opposite direction – 2000 baht.
- For incorrect parking – 2000 baht!
- For riding without a helmet – 2000 baht.
- For an unfastened seat belt while driving – 2000 baht!
- For talking on the phone 📲 while driving -2000 baht!
- For uncivilized and aggressive driving from 5,000 to 20,000 baht.
Roads in Thailand
An overwhelming number of road users in Thailand are in favor of strengthening measures to organize and regulate parking spaces. All because the non-compliance with the parking rules can lead to a fine, blocking the car or a decisive, but “silent” evacuation of the vehicle to a penalty parking lot, where it will be extremely difficult to find. To avoid such unpleasant situation, you must follow the parking rules in Phuket. So, remember:
- Parking is not allowed at public transport stops closer than 3 meters from an intersection or bridge. (Truth be told, it is not always easy to understand that you stopped where the local bus usually stops).
- It is forbidden to stop along the curb with red and white markings. (It becomes complicated when the paint is washed away by local rains.)
- Curbside parking with white and yellow markings is for taxi services only.
- A mark in the form of a crossed square along with a cross on the roadway prohibits the stopping of any vehicle.
- You must not stop directly at any road traffic sign.
Roads in Phuket
Traffic in Thailand, especially in large cities, is extremely intense. And you cannot always understand if you have parked in the right place. Therefore, it is worth remembering the following allowed places. So, you can park without restrictions:
- Near a hotel or shopping mall. Any institution in Thailand, especially for a small fee, will gladly provide you with a private parking space.
- At specialized paid parking lots. Near such places there is a “P” sign and there is a terminal for paying for services. Prices are quite affordable. In large cities, such as Phuket, you can find covered multi-level parking lots where you can leave your car even for a whole day.
- Near public places. Many entertainment complexes or business centers are ready to give free places for their visitors. Thing is, you can park your car there for a fee.
The generally accepted unspoken rules of traffic in Thailand:
- When you are about to turn, always look at all adjacent sidewalks and curbs. Many bikers are ready to shorten their path riding there.
- Short-term switching of the dipped beam to the high beam of an oncoming car indicate, that the driver is ready to move into the oncoming lane. Confusion about this signal is recognized as the most common cause of accidents in Phuket.
- The horn is used here as a warning that you are not ready to brake and give way. It is always better to let such drivers pass.
The measures to prevent drunk driving are interesting. Fines differ depending on the time of day. If the violator is found during working hours, there will be a fine of 10,000 baht. During non-working hours, the punishment will be more severe – the driver will be asked to drive to the station, from where he can leave only after the full payment of the fine – up to 20,000 baht. A repeated similar violation can lead to a prison term of up to 6 months, and it is better not to go to prison in Thailand.
Follow the traffic rules of Thailand and be careful on the roads!
But despite all the difficulties of driving in Thailand, many tourists seek to master personal transport there, because it brings a feeling of comfort and security from the outside world.
You can also rent a car in Phuket. Follow the link and find out what documents are required for this: