PM disagrees with higher penalties for drivers without driving licenses

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that he personally did not agree with a police proposal to increase the penalties for drivers without driving licenses. 

Asked about the controversial proposal which has attracted widespread criticisms, the prime minister said the proposal should also take into consideration other issues besides the requirement for the drivers to be more responsible and to always carry driving licenses with them.

“There are different purposes, but not those posted in the social media.  Do not cause public misunderstanding because, otherwise, problems cannot be resolved in the future.  Everything must depend on the laws and suitability.  Personally, I do not agree with (this proposal).  More discussions are needed.  Be understandable, I have not given an approval yet,” said the prime minister.

The proposal seeks to increase the fine for motorists driving without licenses or not having them while driving up to 50,000 baht.  Jail term is also to be increased to a maximum of three months.