The traffic point-deduction system has officially been put into effect in Thailand today, January 9th, 2023 and it will change the legal consequences of Thailand’s notorious traffic offenses for good.
From today onwards, any driver who violates traffic laws will face legal consequences such as a fine or jail time as well as have their points deducted from their driving record. Under this new law, if a driver’s points drop to zero, their license will be suspended for up to 90 days.
According to Police Commissioner General Damrongsak Kittiprapas, this new system is designed to encourage safe driving and reduce the high rate of traffic accidents in the country, which claim more than 22,000 lives every year, putting Thailand on the ninth place worldwide for countries with the highest traffic accidents rate.
How this new system works is that drivers will be given 12 points to start with. These points will be reduced whenever the drivers are caught breaching traffic laws: one point for minor offenses such as speeding, failing to stop at a zebra crossing, or talking on the phone while driving and four points for serious offenses such as drunk driving.
Drivers will be given a second chance to redeem themselves if their points drop too low as it risks getting a 90-day suspension if they sign up and take a course on traffic laws and safe driving. For drivers with small point deductions, their points will be credited back after one year automatically.
But this does not mean that drivers will be exempted from facing old penalties such as a fine or jail time if they have their points deducted, said police commissioner general Damrongsak. Drivers who break traffic laws will also face old penalties as well as risk getting their driving license suspended. Drivers can check their driving score right here on https://ptm.police.go.th/eTicket.