Travel: Tourists face strict curbs on driving into Thailand

(From Bangkok Post)

Foreign tourists will be banned from driving motorcycles and motor homes into Thailand as part of measures to control an influx of foreign vehicles onto Thai roads, particularly in the North.

Only vehicles with a total of nine seats and pickup trucks with a maximum load of 3,500kg will be allowed to travel in Thailand.

Only vehicles with a total of nine seats and pickup trucks with a maximum load of 3,500kg will be allowed to travel in Thailand.

The vehicles present problems in terms of frequent accidents and ecological harm, said Land Transport Department chief Sanit Phromwong on Monday, adding the ban is meant to enforce order and allow only some types of vehicles to travel in certain areas for particular periods of time.

The order will also prohibit people who have not made prior agreements on car usage abroad from driving cars into Thailand from China, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, according to transport officials.

Many Chinese tourists like to drive their cars into Thailand but that will not happen in the future, Sanit said.

Only vehicles with a total of nine seats and pickup trucks with a maximum weight of 3,500kg will be allowed to travel in Thailand.Motorists also need to seek permission and have their vehicles checked by authorities, he said. Read More.



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