Motorists risk arrest over unpaid fines

Motorists who refuse to pay their traffic fines could face arrest under the latest measure ordered by the Royal Thai Police.

Motorists risk arrest over unpaid fines
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Motorists risk arrest over unpaid fines

published : 21 Jun 2022 at 09:31

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Post Reporters

A red-light camera is seen at Ban Khaek intersection in Bangkok to catch errant motorists jumping red lights. (Photo: Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

Motorists who refuse to pay their traffic fines could face arrest under the latest measure ordered by the Royal Thai Police.

Many motorists were found to have failed to pay their outstanding fines and carried on violating traffic rules.

Explaining the details of the new measure, police said after motorists are issued a traffic violation ticket, either on the spot or by mail, they are given a specific period of time to pay the fine.

If the motorists fail to pay the fine before the deadline, the police would mail them a written warning within 15 days of the deadline.

The motorists are then given another 15 days to pay the fine. They have the option of paying electronically via the Krungthai Bank, through counter services at convenience stores, by mail or at police stations nationwide.

Failure to settle the fine after the warning would result in the motorists being served with up to two summonses by police.

If the motorists do not respond to the two summonses, the police will ask a court to issue an arrest warrant.

The motorists will be charged with avoiding fines, which is punishable by fines of up to 1,000 baht.

Once an arrest warrant is issued, the motorists are subject to arrest anywhere in the kingdom.

Vocabulary

  • arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
  • arrest warrant: a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone - หมายจับ
  • convenience store: a shop/store that sells food, newspapers, etc. and often stays open 24 hours a day - ร้านสะดวกซื้อ
  • deadline: a time or day by which something must be done - เส้นตาย
  • fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ
  • outstanding: not yet paid, done, solved, etc - ค้าง
  • punishable: that can be punished, especially by law - ซึ่งมีโทษ
  • summons (noun): an official document that orders someone to appear in a court of law or a police station - หมายเรียก
  • violate: to do something that is against the law - ละเมิดกฏหมาย
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