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DLT proposes bill banning use of red colour licence plate on new cars

The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has proposed the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) a bill that will terminate the use of the temporary red colour licence plate for new cars.

If approved, the law will be enforced in June.

DLT Director-General Sanit Phromwong said the bill was a combination of the 1979 Land Transport Law and the 1978 Automobile Law which had received approval at the recent public hearing.

The bill is now under scrutiny by the NLA, he said.

He says if the NLA passes the bill into law, it will be enforced in June.

Highlight of the law is the cancellation of the red colour licence plate that are currently used by cars which are in the process of registration, he said.

He said once the law is in use, no new cars will be allowed to run on the streets using red colour licence plates until they are all registered.

He said owners of all new cars must completely register their vehicles with the DLT before they can use them.

The DLT and the Royal Thai Police will work closely to check if any vehicles use red olour licence plates.

At present, he said if any new cars still use red colour plates, they will be considered using unpaid tax cars.

He said authorities now still allow car owners to use red plates for not more than 30 days for their new cars.

They must register or pay car tax by the 30-day deadline, or else they will face a fine of 10,000 baht or/and 6 months to 5 years in jail for forgery charge.

He made clear that red colour plate is only for temporary use, adding if owners use expired plates, they will be considered using fake plate or forging official document.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)