17 Jun Nina’s Car : Are you covered?
Nina’s Car : Are you covered?
14 June 2018
Thailand holds a world record for traffic accidents, and it’s growing every year. Phuket welcomes an increasing number of tourists that aren’t always aware of traffic laws, and 5,882 accidents were recorded there in 2017, 265 being fatal, compared with 5,754 in 2016, 143 of which were deadly.
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This represents an average 16 accidents per day and about 1 death every 48 hours. It turns out that 80% of fatal accidents involve 2-wheeled vehicles, which in 90% of the cases, the drivers don’t wear helmets. In order to curb this plague and turn around the morbid reputation of their regions by reducing the number of accidents on the road, the constabulary of the cities of Pattaya and Phuket have decided to control more strictly whose who rent out vehicles.
The police are now targeting renters that let tourists rent out motorcycles or cars without verifying that they are in possession of the appropriate license, especially for 2-wheeled vehicles, which means an international driver’s license (134 countries issue these), a national license from one of the countries that have signed the Vienna Convention (72 countries, including all of Europe), or the Thai license.
In case of a traffic violation or ticket for a person without a license, they will have to pay a fine of 1,000 Baht, while the renter will have the vehicle seized and will have to pay a fine of 2,000 Baht. In case of multiple violations, the shop will be closed down by order and the business license will be immediately taken away. Currently, this crackdown applies mainly to the cities of Phuket and Pattaya and doesn’t seem (yet) to a ect the other cities in the kingdom.
Visitors should keep in mind that their vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare if they’re involved in an accident, and that not having a license usually makes insurance coverage void.
Take precautions and take out all the necessary insurance for such a dangerous country. Be sure you’re covered: with a helmet, license, passport, rental contract, insurance coverage, vehicle registration, and above all, stay alert, especially at night. Don’t take your scooter after you’ve been drinking. Besides the obvious danger, lots of checkpoints are set up at night in Phuket and Pattaya.