Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Driving and riding in Hua Hin and Thailand, all topics on cars, pickups, bikes, boats, licenses, roads, and motoring in general.
SPONSORS: : Car Rental Hua Hin : Bike Rental Hua Hin : Club Moto
User avatar
huahin4ever
Professional
Professional
Posts: 432
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:07 pm
Location: Hua Hin

Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by huahin4ever » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:59 am

I have looked through the Traffic Law trying to find any rules and/or regulation with regards to bicycle use on the roads, but haven't really found anything. Are there anyone on the Forum which knows of these rules and regulations, if any exist?

What about electric bicycles? Are they to be counted as bicycles or motorbikes? Can a person drink/get drunk and use a bicycle without breaking the law in Thailand? I was really wondering because at some point I saw a very drunk Thai person on a bicycle and the police didn't care!
"Two possibilities exist:
Either we are alone in the universe or we are not.
Both are equally terrifying."
Arthur C. Clarke

handdrummer
Guru
Guru
Posts: 542
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:58 am

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by handdrummer » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:27 pm

The police don't care about Thais on bikes, no money there.

User avatar
huahin4ever
Professional
Professional
Posts: 432
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:07 pm
Location: Hua Hin

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by huahin4ever » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:16 pm

What about drunk Farangs on bicycles then? Are they breaking any laws?
"Two possibilities exist:
Either we are alone in the universe or we are not.
Both are equally terrifying."
Arthur C. Clarke

User avatar
Dannie Boy
Rock Star
Rock Star
Posts: 4516
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:12 pm
Location: Closer to Cha Am than Hua Hin

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by Dannie Boy » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:40 pm

huahin4ever wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:16 pm
What about drunk Farangs on bicycles then? Are they breaking any laws?
Try it and report back!!

User avatar
pharvey
Addict
Addict
Posts: 6337
Joined: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:21 am
Location: Back in God's Country

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by pharvey » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:59 pm

There aren't any laws in the UK as far as I can see....... There'd be some in Thailand?!
"You've got to get your first tackle in early, even if it's late". Ray Gravell :wink:

HHTel
Legend
Legend
Posts: 2677
Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:44 pm

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by HHTel » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:51 am

pharvey wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:59 pm
There aren't any laws in the UK as far as I can see....... There'd be some in Thailand?!
Look again. There are numerous laws in the UK covering bicycles and some with heavy fines to back them up.

User avatar
migrant
Rock Star
Rock Star
Posts: 3721
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:15 am
Location: California is now in the past hello Thailand!!

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by migrant » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:27 am

I remember a friend, 35-40 years ago, get arrested in California for drunk and riding his bicycle
The essence of life lies with the dispensing with of formalities

User avatar
huahin4ever
Professional
Professional
Posts: 432
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:07 pm
Location: Hua Hin

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by huahin4ever » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:06 am

migrant wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:27 am
I remember a friend, 35-40 years ago, get arrested in California for drunk and riding his bicycle
It is illegal where I'm from too, but I was curious about Thailand? Kind of nice to go around my neighborhood, Soi 88-94, and have a few beers and drinks and then cycle home, or even better use an electric bicycle if I could get one. But I guess if it is illegal it's not worth it.
"Two possibilities exist:
Either we are alone in the universe or we are not.
Both are equally terrifying."
Arthur C. Clarke

User avatar
STEVE G
Hero
Hero
Posts: 11735
Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:50 am
Location: HUA HIN/EUROPE

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by STEVE G » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:02 am

Having cycled to many pubs over the years in a variety of countries, for a couple of beers, not heavy drinking, the law in most countries is that it's illegal to cycle drunk but it's not subject to breath testing, you have to be unable to control the bike. If you can't control a bike, it's virtually impossible to cycle anyway!
In Germany, beer mixed with lemonade is called 'radler' which literally means cyclist.

RCer
Guru
Guru
Posts: 678
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:48 pm

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by RCer » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:56 pm

huahin4ever wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:06 am


It is illegal where I'm from too, but I was curious about Thailand? Kind of nice to go around my neighborhood, Soi 88-94, and have a few beers and drinks and then cycle home, or even better use an electric bicycle if I could get one. But I guess if it is illegal it's not worth it.
Seems to me, riding an electric bicycle drunk, would still be operating a motorized vehicle drunk.

As for riding a regular bicycle drunk, please ensure someone posts a video, so we can all enjoy it. Lol

User avatar
J.J.B.
Guru
Guru
Posts: 794
Joined: Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:03 pm

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by J.J.B. » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:03 pm

I would guess that someone riding a bicycle demonstrably drunk could be reasonably accused of putting other road users at risk, which would constitute an offence. There are tales of people in the UK being stopped for drunk cycling but I am not sure how genuine they are. With no need for a license, tax, insurance etc. there aren't many sanctions that can be taken against a cyclist. When I'm going up a hill I probably weave like I'm pissed anyway!
"A man who does not think for himself, does not think at all."
Wilde

User avatar
pharvey
Addict
Addict
Posts: 6337
Joined: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:21 am
Location: Back in God's Country

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by pharvey » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:40 pm

HHTel wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:51 am
pharvey wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:59 pm
There aren't any laws in the UK as far as I can see....... There'd be some in Thailand?!
Look again. There are numerous laws in the UK covering bicycles and some with heavy fines to back them up.
I was being sarcastic HHTel - yes I know, the lowest form of wit... :oops:

I just have many grievances these days with cyclists who simply pay zero notice to the laws and zero respect to other road (or pavement! :cuss: ) users. They should by law have to licence/register their bikes (at a nominal cost) and wear a hi-viz jacket with a registration # so they can be identified with respect to any wrongdoing. The muppets who flaunt the law(s) cause problems for all cyclists.

:cheers: :cheers:
"You've got to get your first tackle in early, even if it's late". Ray Gravell :wink:

User avatar
404cameljockey
Professional
Professional
Posts: 357
Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:14 am

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:19 pm

pharvey wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:40 pm
HHTel wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:51 am
pharvey wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:59 pm
There aren't any laws in the UK as far as I can see....... There'd be some in Thailand?!
Look again. There are numerous laws in the UK covering bicycles and some with heavy fines to back them up.
I was being sarcastic HHTel - yes I know, the lowest form of wit... :oops:

I just have many grievances these days with cyclists who simply pay zero notice to the laws and zero respect to other road (or pavement! :cuss: ) users. They should by law have to licence/register their bikes (at a nominal cost) and wear a hi-viz jacket with a registration # so they can be identified with respect to any wrongdoing. The muppets who flaunt the law(s) cause problems for all cyclists.

:cheers: :cheers:
This is being discussed again in the UK since a 'fixed wheel' cyclist (they actually have no brakes) killed a pedestrian. There are laws to say bikes must have serviceable brakes and a bell (he had neither). He, believe it or not. is completely unrepentant and has exhibited the arrogant attitude of many cyclists everywhere. There is also no UK law to punish cyclist for killing someone other than some ancient 'reckless driving' law, and it does not have a stiff enough sentence.

If that's the situation in the UK, what chance stiff laws here?

User avatar
migrant
Rock Star
Rock Star
Posts: 3721
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:15 am
Location: California is now in the past hello Thailand!!

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by migrant » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:24 pm

pharvey wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:40 pm

I just have many grievances these days with cyclists who simply pay zero notice to the laws and zero respect to other road (or pavement! :cuss: ) users. They should by law have to licence/register their bikes (at a nominal cost) and wear a hi-viz jacket with a registration # so they can be identified with respect to any wrongdoing. The muppets who flaunt the law(s) cause problems for all cyclists.

:cheers: :cheers:
I agree. In California we get great groups of cyclists that take up way more than the bike lane, and cause disruption to traffic, then curse you out as if you were a nazi if you complain. I've ridden bicycles all my life and have a proper (IMHO) handle on not only the laws, but the courtesies that go with riding. :cheers:
The essence of life lies with the dispensing with of formalities

User avatar
PeteC
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 20386
Joined: Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:58 am
Location: All Blacks training camp

Re: Bicycle laws in Thailand?

Post by PeteC » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:31 pm

I live in an area with a golf course in the middle of everything and a 7km ring road going around it. In the cool mornings and evenings you would think bicycles own the road, no regard for motor vehicles whatsoever, and they do indeed get an attitude when you gently try to push them over by whizzing your side mirror close to them, or beeping the horn gently. The same with walkers and joggers. There is a nice wide blacktopped sidewalk path 7km around as well, where do people walk and run, in the middle of the damn road! :banghead: Pete :cheers:
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Source

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: lomuamart, yves and 19 guests