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Big Bike Volunteer Highway Police--Is There Such A Thing?

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I have been meaning to ask about this. On Kao San road there is a big white Japanese "maxi scooter" (step through, but larger displacement) that is usually on display with the other bikes in front of the McDonald's. It has a sticker that says "Big Bike Volunteer Highway Police" on the windshield. (Take a look if you are ever on Kao San.) Anyways, is there actually suc a thing? Or did he just fabricate the sticker? And if there is such a thing, would being a "volunteer" police officer give you the ability to ride the express ways where ordinarily bikes are prohibited? Just curious.

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Yes, there is. Once a year in different Thai province Highway Police organizes 2 day "seminar" for volunteers. You get official ID, badge and bunch of stickers. Phuket had seminar last march in Merlin Hotel, tons of people attended.

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Hi! I volunteer to ride my motorcycle as fast as I can. Do I get the job? Great!

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I believe that those motorcycles belong to 'Mr Khaosan'.

They belong to some very rich Thai from the street, and I think he is from the family that owned (still owns?) most of the street and developed it through the 1980's

There are often different bikes parked there - last time there were a few Ducatis (big and small), a BSA, an old single BMW, and I think a couple of Triumphs. I remember seeing a Harley once. Two Harleys actually - he had an old (I think Spanish) Harley 250 dirt-bike . Plus a weird little Czech(?) bike.

Nicest part of K-road - that motorcycle museum...

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About two years ago I snuck on to a tollway with my CBR150 at about 6:30am.

Stayed on for about 40 minutes (ran two tolls), and then chickened out and got off. Held 150km/hr for a good while though! Good little bike.

Would love that 'volunteer' license for my new 250, but I'm not much of the copper type...

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I would expect that you would need to be on official business to be on a tollway. Just guessing.

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I commented on this on another earlier thread and upset a couple of "Big Bike Volunteer Highway Police' types in Phuket who were desperately trying to assure everyone that the Thai Highway police were not corrupt and they weren't just doing it to avoid traffic fines.

:rolleyes:

But they do get a nice sticker to put in the middle of their windscreen.

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:bah:

Okay, who's the joker who put 30 million white lines under my post?

Or did I fall asleep on the 'Enter" button?

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Hehehehe. Cool. I guess that answers one question. However, the big one remains: so can you ride the tollways/expressways where bikes are prohibited as a highway police volunteer? Hmm...like so if you needed to use the expressways, you could just pop on the uniform?

Katabeachbum, since apparently you are one of 'em, could you elaborate?

And RusticCharm, why is there this huge gap following your post? :)

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And RusticCharm, why is there this huge gap following your post? :)

I'm lost for words!! :lol:

I've tried to edit it but my 'Edit' button has, as always,  disappeared.

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I'm lost for words!! :lol:

Reminds me of an old Tom Lehrer line (don't take it personally!).

"I think that if a man has nothing to say,

the least he can do is to shut up!"

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Hehehehe. Cool. I guess that answers one question. However, the big one remains: so can you ride the tollways/expressways where bikes are prohibited as a highway police volunteer? Hmm...like so if you needed to use the expressways, you could just pop on the uniform?

Katabeachbum, since apparently you are one of 'em, could you elaborate?

And RusticCharm, why is there this huge gap following your post? :)

I attended to the 5th Big Bike Highwaypolice Volunteer class in Phuket April 2010, thus my Police ID is HW5xxx. We where approx 160 students in class 5, I d guess 50-60 foreigners.

The ID card posted above by Crobiker is from the 3rd class, as I recall it took place in Chiang May.

As Volunteers we are not supposed to act/interfere without being guided by "proper" Highwaypolice, but in reality Police does not interfere with other Police actions (volunteer or not). So riding Expressways with marked bike and badge in pocket, why not :)

I am a frequent speeder like most bikers, but also by car, and have recieved my bunch of fines (official and teamoney) during 8 years and +400k km in LOS. Strangely enough I have not ever been fined after I started providing my Poilce ID card when pulled over.:) Police usually ignore the Highwaypolicestickers on cars and bikes, as they are commonly available or can easily be self made.

In Europe I would usually stop and attend to an accidentscene, but here in LOS I have been forced to not do so due to the risk of getting blamed for anything. Being HWP and bringing my ID I can now assist on accident scene, and it really feels great when you know you have reduced someones damages or even saved life by simple first aid, or simply comforted and guided them to which ambulance/hospital to choose.

As HWP Volunteers we do not have uniforms, handcuffs or other "toys", so simply sticker marked vehicles and ID cards to identify us. Marshalling some of us uses Highwaypolice orange vests.

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sounds cool....how do I sign up?

Phuket, Phangna and Krabi HWP district will not have any class this year, so I dont know. Suggest contact HWP BKK to check whats up :)

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Never saw vHWP and although I do not own a police-badge I have experienced that showing any police-badge (exp. from Belgium) will give you a free-card-out-of-trouble in the most cases. Driving with your mb on the tollway might not be one of those cases.

It is high time they make a legal difference between bikes less as 250cc and more as 250cc. Special plate, special license and then let you drive anywhere.

I also noticed that in BKK there are some fly-overs and tunnels where you are not allowed to drive with your MB. Being used to drive in BKK with a car (tollways and all fly-overs or tunnels) it would be difficult for me to drive with a MB in BKK.

Chang Noi

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As a HP Big Bike volunteer, there are no official duties per se, although some of the Thai guys I saw had shirts and appeared to be more involved. Much of the seminar focused on how to be a witness, some basic road safety and 1st aid. We are expected to be good citizens (or guests) and report unsafe vehicles, reckless tour buses and the like. Unfortunately a good part of the seminar was chewed up by the head of different police divisions speaking on the importance of his department. Boring and repetitive. There is also the opportunity to help at the organization of bike events and things like traffic control when royalty visits the island. I have recently asked organizers for more information about this but have not gotten anything back yet. I really enjoyed marshaling the Triumph Roadshow ride along with Highway and Tourist Police officers. There are at least half a dozen Thaivisa members that are HP volunteers that I know of.

I've had a lot of people asking me how they can join. We were class #5. Class #6 was in Non Buri last July. No word on where class #7 will be. I spoke to Phuket Bike Week event organizers recently and it's not yet decided if they will have another class this year. I am told it may not happen because some farang chopper guys have been routinely riding around Patong helmetless and abusing their ID cards to get out of tickets. This has pissed off the local police and they have written and sent a report to the Highway Police and supposedly the offenders are going to be spoken too and possibly get their membership revoked. I don't really get that. Some people have to ruin it for everyone else I guess. And according to a Thai website, an issue has arose in Phuket with people using the leather pouch and shield that are not actual volunteers.

So no, the driving on the expressway would not be tolerated very long unless you were given some kind of active position and authorization as an actual police vehicle I would think.

I admit I have presented my ID at traffic stops twice, once just after I had my wallet stolen along with my drivers licenses, plus I was also on a 1 year old bike that still had red plates and invoice but no book yet because the dealer shut just after the bike was sold and kept the book. (About 20 such bikes on the island same as mine, some owned by cops, so they are understanding on this as long as I can show the invoice) The cops were very excited to see a farang HP volunteer and actually apologized to me. The second time I had everything in order but was curious what would happen if I only showed the ID. The cop asked for my drivers license anyway, which I had just replaced.

While getting out of traffic fines is nice, I don't mind paying for tickets if I am guilty. I am usually 100% in compliance with the law anyway, with the exception of speeding, which I do where I deem it is relatively safe, which usually means off the island on empty roads. No police enforcement there anyway. The thing I like the most, and what was my motivation for doing this, is so to not get jammed up for chicken shit or imaginary offenses we so often hear about at traffic stops in the LOS. And as KBB posted about some time ago, it gives us a little peace of mind when stopping to render aid at traffic accidents, which as an EMT I find myself doing quite often here. I had an EMT friend of mine get accused and detained at an accident scene he had nothing to do with other than stopping to help.

At one point there was a rumor that the Royal Thai Traffic Police were going to do a similar thing this year, but I haven't heard anything more than that.

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