Thailand Department of Land Transport clarifies “Big Bike” size for new license requirements

Photo of the victims motorbike after the accident. Courtesy of Chaiyot Pupattanapong


The Thai Department of Land Transport (DLT) clarified yesterday the size requirement for so-called “Big Bikes” that will require a separate license and training program per a recent decision by the Thai Cabinet.

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The size requirement will be 400CC and up according to Mr. Yongyut Nakdaeng, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Land Transport. Applicants for this license will need to be trained and tested separately from other licenses. They will also need to provide a medical certificate that they are fit to driver large motorcycles.  The new requirement is expected to take place within 120 days as the DLT formulates the exact procedures and processes for the testing and license procedure.

The new license is in response to what the DLT says has been an increasing number of accidents involving more powerful motorbikes, especially with untrained or inexperienced drivers.

In addition, the DLT is also exploring restricting drivers licenses to those who have medical conditions (such as being legally blind or subject to seizures) as well as diseases that could affect driving ability, Yongyut added.

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