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Thailand introduces fines for not wearing a seat belt in the back seat

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Not wearing a seat belt in the back seat of a car in Thailand will soon be punished with a fine of 2,000 baht. The rule will come into effect120 after publication in the Thai Official Gazette (The Royal Gazette) on September 5, 2022.

The Royal Gazette wrote the new line in the Road Traffic Act (No.13) 2022, published on May 7. The law aims to improve road safety, especially for young children.

Parents are required to ensure that their children wear a seat belt during the trip to avoid injury in the event of an accident.

Under Article 123, drivers and passengers must adhere to the following rules when traveling in a car…:

The driver must always wear a seat belt while driving.

PASSENGERS
A)Passengers in the front seats and passengers in the rear or other rows must wear a seat belt at all times when traveling in a vehicle.
B) Passengers under 6 years old must always be seated in a child seat when traveling to avoid injury in the event of an accident.
C) Passengers under 135 centimeters must always wear a seat belt when traveling to avoid injury in the event of an accident.
D) Drivers and passengers who for health reasons cannot wear a seat belt are exempt from compliance with Article 123. However, that person must take other safety measures to avoid injury in the event of an accident.

Anyone who does not follow these traffic rules will be punished with a fine of up to 2,000 baht.

Thailand was recently ranked as the world’s second most dangerous country to drive in, after South Africa, according to the driving education website Zutobi.

The Thai Ministry of Transport reported that 32,190 traffic accidents had been recorded in 2020 and 2021 and that most of the victims were pickup trucks.

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