Motorists and motorcyclists in Thailand are being reminded that they face a fine of up to 4,000 baht, instead of 1,000 baht, if they fail to stop for a pedestrian to cross a road on zebra crossing, under an amended land traffic law which has recently come into force.
Also enforceable under the amended law is the licence point deduction system, under which a motorist or a motorcyclist will have points deducted from the full 12 points, in accordance with the traffic violation committed.
The fines for other violations are now:
- 4,000 baht for speeding, up from 1,000 baht
- 4,000 baht for jumping red light
- 2,000 baht for driving in the opposite lane, up from 500 baht
- 2,000 baht for not wearing a seat belt while driving, up from 500 baht
The tougher penalties, especially for failing to stop at a zebra crossing for pedestrians, were introduced after a tragic incident last year, when a doctor was killed on a zebra crossing on Phaya Thai Road by a big bike.