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E-licences hit legal roadblock

BANGKOK: The Royal Thai Police (RTP) insisted yesterday (Jan 15) that a physical driving licence is needed until the law is amended allowing a digital version to replace them, a process expected to take at least six months.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 10:04AM


The Royal Thai Police (RTP) insisted yesterday (Jan 15) that a physical driving licence is needed until the law is amended allowing a digital version to replace them. Image: DLT / Bangkok Post Graphics

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) insisted yesterday (Jan 15) that a physical driving licence is needed until the law is amended allowing a digital version to replace them. Image: DLT / Bangkok Post Graphics

The new digital-driving licence roll-out ran into a legal hitch after it was found that the 1979 Land Transport Act requires traffic police to seize physical driving licences when offences are committed.

The RTP was responding to the Department of Land Transport’s (DLT) launch of its newly developed digital driving licence app for smartphones yesterday. (See story here.)

Pol Maj Ekkarat Limsangkat, Deputy Dhief of the Police Education Bureau, said the RTP agrees with the DLT's plan to adopt the new format and the RTP has drafted a law to validate the digital version.

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Motorists are therefore advised to carry their paper licences until the law is amended, or else they may face an additional charge for failing to carry with them their physical driving licences when asked by the police to show them, he said.

Driving licences will become thing of the past too because the government has a plan to download driving licences in the ID card database, said the deputy chief.

“This is so motorists will no longer have to carry their driving licences, either physical and digital versions,” he added.

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Kurt | 18 January 2019 - 11:34:06

As the Ministry of Environment should draft a law/bill about certain temple happenings, and not the monks, so it will be the Ministry of Justice to draft a law/bill, not the RTP.  RTP is a 'instrument' to enforce laws and bills legalised by lawmakers in Parliament! Just the thought, RTP as law maker, hehehe

Jor12 | 18 January 2019 - 08:32:19

The article states, "... the RTP has DRAFTED A LAW to validate the digital version." Similarly, for example, if the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment wants to allow farting in temples, they draft a law or "bill" which is submitted to Parliament for ratification before passing it into law. That's how the system works.

Kurt | 16 January 2019 - 10:19:24

RTP as law maker? Huh?. Law making happens in Parliament and Senate, not at a police desk. The RTP is there to executive/carry out laws enforcement.  RTP has to carry out what the Government orders. Period.  I do understand that it becomes a sorrow full money drain matter for RTP officers, but that is one of the reasons of implementing this new system.

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