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Penalties and Fines for Traffic Violations

Traffic violations and fines in Thailand can be tricky, and have changed over the recent years with increased fines and possible jail time. Police are now cracking down on motorists, especially tourists, who violate local traffic laws. When driving a motorcycle in Thailand, you are expected to posses a valid international driver’s license (IDL), wear a helmet, and know and obey local traffic laws.

“Remain calm. Do not become aggressive with the police. Your goal is peaceful resolution so you can enjoy your vacation.”

What do I do when pulled over in Thailand?

The most important General Rule to remember when speaking to a police officer, or anyone, is to remain calm, focus on resolving the interaction, and avoid aggressive behavior – this includes raising your voice. Thai Police are not intimidated, and any aggression on your part will most likely land you in an unfavorable position.

Provide the officer with the requested documentation. This can include passport, driver/s license, or “other” documentation. If they request to search your motorcycle/vehicle, it is advised that you allow them without objection. Typically they are looking for contraband, including illegal drugs or restricted items such as e-cigarettes.

If you are cited a ticket, the officer may request that you pay the fine at the police station. Typically, there will be a police box or station within walking distance, or the officer may ask you to follow him on your motorcycle to the nearest police station. Make sure that you receive a receipt of payment once you pay the fine.

Common Traffic Offenses

Drunk Driving

5,000 – 20,000 ฿ for 1st offense. Second offense within 2 years can be a fine 50,000 – 100,000 and up to 2 years in prison.


4,000 ฿

Running a Red Light

4,000 ฿

Not stopping at pedestrian crossing:

4,000 ฿

Not Wearing Helmet/Seat belt:

2,000 ฿

Reckless Driving:

5,000 – 20,000 ฿ and possible jail time

Talking in Phone

2,000 ฿

Parking Illegally:

500 – 5,000 ฿ (depending on level of violation)

*fines may vary depending on location and are at the discretion of each Department


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