Why don’t the police check motorbikes properly?

I have been told that 20 to 50% of motorbike owners haven’t paid their taxes and I also notice that many motorbikes don’t have functioning headlights or taillights – sometimes they have neither – at night.

I have been stopped many times at checkpoints to make sure I have a driver’s license and a helmet. Very commendable, but I want to know why the police never check for current papers and properly functioning equipment, such as registration documents and working lights, brakes and so on.

  • Asked on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 | 05:18 PM
    William Smith, Phuket.

Actually, the traffic police do check the condition of the bike and that the documentation is in order.

The officers make a particular point of checking the lights at night because they can see clearly if drivers have their lights on and they are working properly.

Setting up the checkpoints can cause traffic jams, so we tend not to check every vehicle in detail, apart from suspect vehicles, where there is something unusual about the registration plates, for example.

It also depends on the area where the checkpoint is. If there is enough space for vehicles to park off the road, we can check more thoroughly.

  • Answered on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 | 05:18 PM
    Pol Lt Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Deputy Superintendent of Phuket Police Station.
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