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BANGKOK 18 December 2018 18:24
Spidey

RTP Shakedown - Who's to Blame?

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Just now, fanjita said:

I'm guessing LOS won't be too concerned with your friend's continued absence.  Though, he'll be back.  

555. Correct and correct!

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On 11/18/2018 at 7:41 AM, AhFarangJa said:

Many years ago the same happened to me. Hired a car in Bangkok to go to Surin. Hire company name is 4 letters beginning with A. ending in S.

Red plate car with about 300 km on it. Was stopped by the toll booth at Don Muang. Policeman asked for the book which, at the time I knew nothing about. No-one in the company told me about it, especially having to fill in every trip. Plod wanted 5K Baht. We eventually got it down to 2K, no ticket. If I had gone the ticket route we would have lost a day in Bangkok. I called the hire company who said if we had a ticket they would pay the fine, but as I said no ticket issued. Now when I drive from Hua Hin to Surin I always see red plate cars pulled at checkpoints. probably a nice little earner as it is your responsibility to fill in the book.

Youch! That's tricky. If you asked for a proper official fine, you would have been out of pocket 5k plus time running around to pay it, but by paying 2k you got no receipt and no evidence to show the rental company. I'm sure the rental companies are well aware of this conundrum and rely on it.

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14 hours ago, tropo said:

Youch! That's tricky. If you asked for a proper official fine, you would have been out of pocket 5k plus time running around to pay it, but by paying 2k you got no receipt and no evidence to show the rental company. I'm sure the rental companies are well aware of this conundrum and rely on it.

Correct Sir, and the police know it. Rental companies will be happy also. What I would like to see is the ability to pay a ticket at ANY police station within, say, 5 days of issuance. It must be possible with today's computers, even here !!

I do realise however that if they introduced this then a HUGE portion of RTP backhanders would disappear.....:whistling:

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44 minutes ago, AhFarangJa said:

Correct Sir, and the police know it. Rental companies will be happy also. What I would like to see is the ability to pay a ticket at ANY police station within, say, 5 days of issuance. It must be possible with today's computers, even here !!

I do realise however that if they introduced this then a HUGE portion of RTP backhanders would disappear.....:whistling:

I think it is possible to pay the fine at any police station. In case this should not be possible: You can pay the fine at post offices.

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2 hours ago, jackdd said:

I think it is possible to pay the fine at any police station. In case this should not be possible: You can pay the fine at post offices.

Thanks Jackdd, I am still not sure, but will check up some more, however, when they are holding your license you do not have much choice. I think I read somewhere recently that they were not allowed to keep your licence any more, but you try telling that to mr plod looking for a backhander....:mad:

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21 hours ago, Spidey said:

Yet again, completely wrong. The standard fine for not filling in the brown book is 400 baht. Didn't offer a ticket with the 1000 baht "fine", which is why he was scamming us from the get go. Read the OP again.

I don't need to read it again but you sure do.  You specifically stated that the officer said that (one of) you would be fined B1,000.  If you are now saying that is not the case why did you post the OP in that way?

 

By the way, an offence had been committed (or are you changing that part now also?) so it was not a scam!  If you wanted a receipt for a B1,000 fine all you had to do was to tell the officer to write a ticket and then pay it at a police station of your choice.   But it seems that all this is due to your wife wanting a corrupt discount.

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4 hours ago, AhFarangJa said:

Thanks Jackdd, I am still not sure, but will check up some more, however, when they are holding your license you do not have much choice. I think I read somewhere recently that they were not allowed to keep your licence any more, but you try telling that to mr plod looking for a backhander....:mad:

In Pattaya, if you don't have a licence, they take your keys. That's why you see dozens of bikes parked at police stops. If you don't turn up with a receipt before they leave, they are impounded. I'm not sure how they handle cars.

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On ‎11‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 8:18 AM, Spidey said:

Didn't follow up on detail? I didn't know the car had red plates until I picked it up. I trusted the car hire company, who I'd used several times before, for "detail".

"Red Plates"

With your proclaimed vast Thai experience and having your Thai wife with you, that should have been a clue that this wasn't right.

 

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