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".

Earlier in practice it was so, that when taking out a rental motorcycle or scooter you almost never one right way. But in 2019 the police released an official announcement that landlords should check the WU, otherwise they too will be punished. So most likely in the near future the situation will greatly change. Moreover, 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 (see fines for traffic violations in Thailand).

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
Марианна25 March 12, 2019
In a set of poker chips and 2 decks of cards)
Thank you very much for the answer! ...
AtinA 23 March, 2019
Hello. The first time going abroad. Have a question about conversion. How much approximately is the cost of the conversion when you pay for the hotel by booking through the card VTB,if rasplachivatsya rubles? And what is the principle use of the card VTB world in Thailand. If it is important,then going to Khao Lak is not in season. Thank you. ...
admin 23 March, 2019

Moved your topic from Phuket.
1. If you pay for the hotel on the booking card, the card will be charged the price indicated in rubles. If you need to know the exact conversion rate, change the currency on the booking in dollars and do the math on the calculator.
2. About using times written here - And what kind of features you use the card VTB world, you get to know in the Bank or to read the terms of the contract. In General features, I think, should not be any, will be able to use it as a card of any other Bank. ...
smart4111 28 March, 2019
Hello! And it is possible to return the tax per stay in the hotel? Buckingham writes that the price includes sales tax of 7%. ...
admin 28 March, 2019

It seems like the refund is only for products covered ...
Antonio of 18 April, 2019
Tell me, and if I will be of national law with international standards , although category B (cars) - I can also fine? ...
admin April 21, 2019

If you are renting a car, all OK, and on a motorbike will be fined. As much as I drove a motorbike in Thailand, but I never in my life never stopped, although I have everything as it should be: category a and the international ...
admin August 23, 2019

If you'll be driving, not fined. If a motorbike will be fined. ...
Vetot 20 September 2019
The driver's license of the Russian sample is indeed in Thailand, though the Vienna Convention has not been ratified. Got into an accident through the fault of the Thais, insurance WU admitted (as there are people operate by laws: Convention signed but not ratified). But the Police, especially in tourist areas to prove something difficult, almost impossible. ...
admin , September 20th, 2019

So it is true, but there is an official circular and the statement by the police in the media that the national Wu international they do not recognize. This year alone, all published in the Thai media. Therefore, to argue with the Thai police on the road I think it makes no sense, they have bosses and teams at the top. ...