Do I need a license in Thailand for rent and drive a scooter

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The question of what are the rights for management of transport in Thailand and some of the intricacies of transport rental services we have already examined in detail in the article "rent a motorcycle and a car in Thailand". In short, to manage transport in Thailand necessarily requires an international driving permit (IDP). Is such a law, made in the form of booklets in several languages that are issued in addition to the regular national rights of the bodies of the traffic police. They act only when presented together with your national (domestic) rights, so don't forget to take with you on a trip. To get an IDP is not required to write any exams, you only need to pay a fee. Order them easiest website public services.of the Russian Federation, the value of discount will be 1120 rubles. You can contact the traffic police or the MFC personally, but then the IDP will cost 1600 rubles (price 2018). To pick up right after their manufacture in the traffic police or in the MFC.

But often tourists, the question arises whether it is necessary and right to control low-powered motorcycle or scooter in Thailand. After all got used that at home (at least in Russia) for moped or scooter with an engine displacement less than 50 cubic centimetres and the maximum constructive speed no more 50 km/h don't need any rights. At least, it was until recently, while in 2014 there was introduced the category of "M".

So do I need a license to drive a scooter in Thailand?

Despite the well-established view that the right to drive a scooter in Thailand is not necessary, in fact there has long been the law, according to which control of any mechanical vehicle, which are equal and low powered mopeds and scooters on public roads in Thailand you must have a driver's license. This follows from the 1979 act "Motor Vehicle Act", article 42:

Section 42

Anyone who wishes to drive a motor vehicle on public roads must possess an appropriate driver's license. The driver must carry the driver's license and a photocopy of the registration book and show them to competent officers upon request. This does not apply for those who are learning to drive a motor vehicle according to the provision of Section 57.

If the driver is an alien who doesn't have an immigrant visa, he may drive a motor vehicle with a driver's license specified in the Section 42-2. In such a case, he must carry documents specified by the treaty between the Thai government and the government which issued such driver's license, and show them to competent officers upon request.

Now as to what's the category for a motorcycle. Here all not so is simple, as in all the laws, but try to understand. The above Thai law sets out to control the motorcycle, regardless of engine size and speed. And no "l" category for mopeds of less than 50 cubic centimeters Thais don't know. But police know very well categories established in the Vienna Convention on road traffic, and that categories A and A1 (for A1 motorcycles with an engine capacity less than 125cc). And we have a valid order, when you can drive a low powered mopeds fall under the category of "M", if there is any open category "A", "b", "C", etc. is also not working.

Summary: in order to operate in Thailand, a motorcycle, a moped or scooter of any size motor on the public roads is fully legal, you need to have a license with an open category "A".

In practice, when taking a rental motorcycle or scooter you almost never one right way. But sometimes police raids and mass check in of tourists, especially on the popular Thai resorts. Also if you break the rules and get stopped out, you throw another fine for driving without a license.

Of course, you can almost always pay off, and it all depends on the ability to bargain. As seasoned travelers tell us, for driving without a license they would only bribe from 300 to 1000 baht (see currency of Thailand and the exchange rate). But still we recommend you to open house category "A" and recover in Thailand, not for problems on the roads, and for other adventures.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
traveller Oct 11, 2017
In October 2017 20 popular beaches of Thailand for an experiment, and it will be a complete ban on Smoking on the beaches. The need has arisen due to the fact that the sand on the beaches began to find a huge number of cigarette "bulls". On the one hand it is good, but for Smoking on the beaches impose enormous fines of 100,000 baht or one year in prison! For Smoking!!! The ban will be marked with signs, so watch carefully if you don't know where it is entered. But information about the beaches, where there will be a ban.
As you can see, under the ban hit the beaches in Pattaya, Cha-am, Patong in Phuket, the beaches in Krabi. ...
antoch of 18 October, 2017
Hi all. Somewhere seen information that tiende banned electronic cigarettes. Anyone on this site heard? Really? ...
admin October 18, 2017

All right, prohibited, and a violation is punishable by a fine. ...
Марина1975 16 February, 2018
Hello. Whether in Thailand to share our new two-thousand bills?)) ...
admin 16 February, 2018

I don't know about the two thousandth, but to change our money in Thailand is not worth it. The course is very disadvantageous. ...
team 6 March, 2018
Hello. Prompt how better to go to Thailand, savage, or through a travel Agency? If a savage, then of course we will save money,but is it safe? The experience of the trip through a travel Agency you already have. ...
admin March 6, 2018

Hello! Rather, the question is not for this topic, the issue of the independent or with a travel Agency is discussed here - And the answer is ambiguous. Specifically to Thailand, here is my answer: self is not dangerous, and much more interesting. But what about the fact that will save, not everything is clear. If you go also, just as in a standard tour for 10-14 days in one place the type of hotel, beach, it is likely not save, and Vice versa. If you go on a period of several weeks, and even with the move, visiting some of the resorts/cities, then of course it will be cheaper. ...
sergei 30 July, 2018
I can't understand when I change my dollars to date me to watch the course of buy or sale ? ...
admin 12 August, 2018

Sorry for the delay, was traveling and missed your "Goethe" message.
Buy - buy dollars on such a course, sale - sell dollars at a certain rate. Ie, you need to look for the course "buy" ...
21 August, 2018
To the question about electronic cigarettes - Yes! They are banned in Thailand. For the import, use - you find yourself in the police, what the enemy does not want. ...

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