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Fasten your seat belt or get a 2,000 baht fine, Thailand police warn

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Fasten your seat belt or get a 2,000 baht fine, Thailand police warn

As of today, all car passengers must wear their seat belts or will be fined 2,000 baht. This is in line with the 13th amendment to Article 123 of the Land Traffic Act 1979 and applies to vehicles with no more than seven seats. This rule also applies to passengers in the back seat of four-door pickup trucks.

However, passengers in an extended cab or trunk of pickup trucks are not expected to wear a seat belt, provided the number of passengers does not exceed the safety limit.

The Royal Thai Police said the rear passenger safety limit is under consideration by relevant authorities and would be announced by December 4.

The pl. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Major General Jirasan Kaewsaeng-Ake said police officers will initially focus on issuing warnings and fines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Two new clauses are planned for the 13th amendment, namely car seats or special seats for children under six years of age and passengers under 135 centimeters must wear a seat belt or use a special seat to avoid injuries in the event of an accident.

These clauses will not come into effect until authorities cut taxes on car seats and disclose details of the requirements, which will also be finalized before December 4.

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