New law to abolish red license plates

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This from last month ...

Authorities to crack down on red license plates

The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has instructed owners of new vehicles with red license plates to register their vehicles within 30 days, in anticipation of a new law abolishing red license plates.

The Council of the State has approved a new bill abolishing red license plates. The bill is now undergoing deliberation in the National Legislative Assembly. DLT Director-General Sanit Promwong confirmed that under the new law, all street-legal vehicles must be registered and red license plates will no longer be issued.

Starting January 1st, 2018, new car owners must register their vehicles within 30 days.

During a period of grace from October 1st to December 31st, 2017, vehicle registrations must be carried out within 60 days, and owners are required to carry vehicle handbooks.

All vehicles with red license plates must have their handbooks issued by the DLT.

The DLT has coordinated with the Royal Thai Police in enforcing the new measure, as unregistered vehicles are subject to criminal charges of fraud. Violators will be subject to jail terms from six months to five years and a fine of up to 10,000 baht.

Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Lt Gen Wittaya Prayongpan revealed today that red license plates were never meant for street-legal vehicles, although some people have continued to drive with red license plates.


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So now we are in the "grace period".

Vehicles with temporary license plates to be registered in 60 days

The authorities will impose strict punishment on owners of vehicles with temporary license plates who may have failed to register for a permanent license within 60 days from 1 October, 2017.

Department of Land Transport's (DLT) Director-General Sanit Promwong, said the DLT and the police will implementing the strict measures against the long-term use of temporary license plates, with the vehicle owners being fined for failures to obtain permanent license plates within 60 days.

Violators found during 1st October - 31st December 2017 will receive notifications and fines at the base rate.

From 1st January 2018 onwards, all vehicles must be registered with a permanent license plate within 30 days of acquiring the vehicle or face up to 10,000 baht in fine.

The measure will be taken until the new law to cancel the use of temporary license plate comes into effect. Vehicle dealers are yet to indicate the date of the vehicle's transfer in the temporary license plate manual, as a reference for inspectors. They are required to make a monthly report to the DLT on the delivery of new vehicles to customers.


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This is just a mickey mouse system. The red plates are registered to the dealer, its either their delay or that of the issuing office that is the problem. When my other half bought her new Nissan, she was forever chasing the garage about her new plates to replace the red ones on the car, but it still took months. There is a scam involved somewhere along the line.