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D-Day April 1 for new vehicle tax rule


AS PART of the government’s effort to strictly enforce traffic rules the police together with the Land Transport Department will from April 1, 2023 not issue a tax sticker to vehicle owners who have not paid their traffic fines until they do so within 30 days, Naewna newspaper said this morning (Feb. 12).

Ms. Ratchada Thanadirek, deputy spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, said this new rule is not retroactive with vehicle owners with pending traffic fines to be given a temporary paper valid for 30 days to give them time to pay up unless they do so right away at the Land Transport Department office.

There is a fine of not more than 2,000 baht and deduction one out of 12 driving penalty points for not displaying a valid vehicle tax sticker.

Under the new driving penalty points system that came into effect on Jan. 9, 2023 every driving licence holder is given 12 points to start off with. These points are deducted according to four levels of offences. Should a driver lose all 12 points their licence is suspended for 90 days. Three suspensions over as many years will lead to revocation of the licence.

The following are the steps to take in checking outstanding traffic fines and make payment:

– Go to https://ptm.police.go.th/eTicket

–  Register by using your ID card number, driver’s licence number or vehicle registration number and set a password;

– Login after registration is complete;

– Search for the traffic ticket by specifying the date of the offence;

– The system will display all previous traffic tickets with details available by clicking them. If the same person owns several vehicles the system will display all of them under the name logged in;

– Fines can be paid online via Krungthai NEXT app or at a police station, a Krung Thai Bank branch, at Thai Post Office, a Krung Thai ATM or a Boonterm kiosk.

Those who have questions may call Traffic Police call centre at 1197 for clarification.


Traffic surveillance cameras and tickets, above, and a policeman stopping a vehicle to issue one, Front Page. Both photos: Thai Rath

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