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    Wink Has Thailand reformed on vehicle safety?

    Dont know if this a local scam or if it is genuine. Took our two motor cycles for renewal of the annual "sticker" and "polobar" yesterday to find that we had to present them to a local "vehicle safety centre" for a certificate prior to obtaining our "stickers". This was not just the usual chassis number check but also a check on tyres, brakes, lights, horn, exhaust emissions and also exhaust noise level all no problem and only cost 60 baht. The certificate issued certainly looked official with loads of emblems and stamps on it.
    I was also informed that when I apply for the "sticker" for my now five year old Vios next April it will also have to be submitted for a similar test for the certificate of road worthiness to obtain the "sticker" no problem and only costs 200 baht.
    My question is is this now government policy to check all vehicles for safety prior to issuing the sticker and if this is in fact so why are there still so many vehicles clogging the roads as many in our area are obviously unsafe to be driven never mind the fact that a high proportion of drivers (cars and motor cycles) still do not actually have a license to operate them?
    I would be interested to hear other peoples experience of this situation if any.

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    Isn't this the case only for bikes of a certain age, like 5 (or more) years old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Stocks View Post
    why are there still so many vehicles clogging the roads as many in our area are obviously unsafe to be driven
    ThB 60 for the certificate if the vehicle passes and ThB 600 for the certificate if it fails

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    How many bikes do you see in the country that do not have current stickers? I see a lot and most people in the village never get stickers because they only use the bikes locally.

    So much for police activity in the countryside.

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    They'll give up and forget after 6 months......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Stocks
    I was also informed that when I apply for the "sticker" for my now five year old Vios
    Test certificate for vehicles is needed after they are 7 years old.
    They don't test much and in true Thai fashion you can get one without the car ever being tested.

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    Where I live it is after 5 years and has been going on for at least the last 10 years in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Stocks
    I was also informed that when I apply for the "sticker" for my now five year old Vios
    Test certificate for vehicles is needed after they are 7 years old.
    They don't test much and in true Thai fashion you can get one without the car ever being tested.
    I have only been to get Test certificate to put my name on green book on a 28 year old bike, they check wheel base, engine number & chassis number.
    That it no light brake check at all straight threw Exhaust was noisy as fvck thanks for coming Past with flying colours

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    [QUOTE=FailSafe;2574648]Isn't this the case only for bikes of a certain age, like 5 (or more) years old?[/QUOTE

    Don't know one bike 7 years old and one bike four years old but I am told all vehicles now require it. Really do not know what to believe at least where I went (3 kilo from home) it was hassle free and the cost was minimal as I would not drive a vehicle that was not upto scratch anyway (for my own safety) I do not think I need to worry about failures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    How many bikes do you see in the country that do not have current stickers? I see a lot and most people in the village never get stickers because they only use the bikes locally.

    So much for police activity in the countryside.
    See plenty of police activity in the country side where I live, get stopped in road blocks at least twice a week on relatively minor country roads. Personally never have any problem but see lots of pick-up trucks and motor cycles (not cars though) going through the mill with police do not know what the outcome is but just looking at most of the vehicles it is obvious they will not have a "safety certificate" to obtain a "sticker".

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    Sounds like another scam, but nothing new there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leemo View Post
    Sounds like another scam, but nothing new there.
    Of course it is. Everything's a scam here.

    How dare they test the road worthiness of old vehicles in the Dept. of Land and Transport and certify them as worthy for 60b.


    Scam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    They'll give up and forget after 6 months......
    I used to take my bikes to one place near the LTO that only did the engine and frame rubbings. One year I took one of the bikes to a new place across the road from the other one.
    There, they checked most everything including sticking a probe into the exhaust for checking either emissions and/or noise. They couldn't seem to find the horn button to test it but still passed the bike.

    A friend took his bike 6-9 months later to the new place and they only did the rubbings.

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    ^ Thai incompetence.

    Are they to blame for the mistake in your Av too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Stocks View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    How many bikes do you see in the country that do not have current stickers? I see a lot and most people in the village never get stickers because they only use the bikes locally.

    So much for police activity in the countryside.
    See plenty of police activity in the country side where I live, get stopped in road blocks at least twice a week on relatively minor country roads. Personally never have any problem but see lots of pick-up trucks and motor cycles (not cars though) going through the mill with police do not know what the outcome is but just looking at most of the vehicles it is obvious they will not have a "safety certificate" to obtain a "sticker".
    Where do you live? I am near Udon and the only roadblocks I see are inside the city limits. The locals know where and when they are and circle around to avoid them. The only time I have seen police in the countryside is when a major crime has taken place. No regular patrols in the village at all.

    There used to be a policeman living with the lady across the street and I know he had to have seen all the illegal bikes around, but never did anything about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Stocks View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    How many bikes do you see in the country that do not have current stickers? I see a lot and most people in the village never get stickers because they only use the bikes locally.

    So much for police activity in the countryside.
    See plenty of police activity in the country side where I live, get stopped in road blocks at least twice a week on relatively minor country roads. Personally never have any problem but see lots of pick-up trucks and motor cycles (not cars though) going through the mill with police do not know what the outcome is but just looking at most of the vehicles it is obvious they will not have a "safety certificate" to obtain a "sticker".
    Where do you live? I am near Udon and the only roadblocks I see are inside the city limits. The locals know where and when they are and circle around to avoid them. The only time I have seen police in the countryside is when a major crime has taken place. No regular patrols in the village at all.

    There used to be a policeman living with the lady across the street and I know he had to have seen all the illegal bikes around, but never did anything about it.
    In the sticks about 50 kilometer north of Nakhon Sawan. Nearest town is Banphot Pisai and this is only a small market town about 21 kilometers away from my house.

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    The BIB must be very hungry where you are to have roadblocks in your area. Do you see any unlicensed bikes around or 8 years olds tooling around on motorbikes without helmets?

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    [QUOTE=rickschoppers;2577281]^
    The BIB must be very hungry where you are to have roadblocks in your area. Do you see any unlicensed bikes around or 8 years olds tooling around on motorbikes without helmets?[/QUOTE
    Yes to both. Youngsters (especially at school holiday times) with usually totally unsafe illegal motorcycles apart from lack of sticker and insurance. Many adults on illigal unsafe uninsured motorcycles. However police have a 'purge' now and again and confiscate these motor cycles but a replacement piece of scrap can be brought from the local village 'motor cycle dealers and workshops' for a couple of hundred bar which is cheaper than obtaining insurance and stickers. However some of the new motor cycles ridden by youngsters seem to get by perhaps their rich daddy knows someone!

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    I know this is an old and much bashed thread but on a visit to our local town (Nakhon Sawan) yesterday I noticed what appeared to be two fixed speed cameras about five KLM from the city on one of the main access roads. Anyone else seen anything?

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