Lopburi driver was fined 2000 baht for 2 Michelin dolls on the front of his truck. Story gone viral in Thai social media.
As lorry driver Kaittisak Palama wrote on his Facebook, he didn’t break traffic laws. The one and only reason for 2000 baht fine was 2 Bibendums attached to his truck’s front. Traffic police officer said it was illegal vehicle modification. Michelin dolls gleam in the dark so potentially can deceive other motorists.
Netizens decide Kaittisak was not guilty and Bibendums was just a decoration. Lawyers said the fine imposition was fair because glowing dolls can be dangerous in the nighttime. Article 43 of 1979 Traffic Act disallow careless driving which can harm individuals and property. Anyone who breaks the law can be fined 400-1000 baht. Nevertheless, all netizens agreed that traffic policeman shouldn’t impose the fine just for “gleaming dolls”. He should specify what law was broken.
Credit: Daily News, Kaittisak Palama