just last week after playing a pool match on the dark side my wife said she would like to go for a run to jontiem on the bike, i have done this many times without helmets after midnight so was not concerned, however when we reached pattaya klang she told me to head into pattaya and lo and behold on 2nd road we were stopped at a routine check and promptly written a ticket for no helmets. after being assured they were going to be there for some time ( it would not be the first time i have returned to the same spot only to find my license and the police gone, and that can be a nightmare ) well anyway my wife asked me what i thought this would cost us and i thought 1,000 baht as i had previousley been fined 500 baht on the darkside. i was was absolutely amazed when i was asked for only 200 baht for the 2 of us, we then proceeded to talk about my homeland scotland which is always a good topic with the thais as everyone i know loves whiskey. they then started discussing my wife one of the policeman in particular saying she was very beautiful, i said we are married already, he then asked if we had any children, at that we just smiled and i told him " not easy " having a good chuckle when we left.
then 2 days ago i was at the bypass on soi nernplabwan when we were stopped again, this time we had our helmets on but i had changed shorts before i left and forgot to put my license in my pocket. that will be 400 baht he said to my wife, knowing he could not speak english i bravely told him to fuck off i would give him 200 baht, he then pointed across road and told my wife big boss 400 baht. at this i again said fuck off and proceeded to get on to a motorbike taxi with the intentions of going the 2 kilometers to my home to collect my license but was told again through my wife that this would not be acceptable as i did not have license with me when stopped, so i had to stump up left saying a few more choice words as i left.
at the end of the day it is peanuts and nothing is put on your license unlike the u.k. but these checks do appear to increasing i would say it was for there christmas funds but they do not celebrate christmas
If you have a thai mbike license its only a credit card sized license so you should keep it in your wallet. If its an International License then keep it in a small plastic wallet with your other documents inc copy of your passport,under the mbike seat, which they can ask for.
When I was resident there I got stopped quite a few times on the railway road bypass and first thing they as for is the license then the tax disc, always wore my helmet anyway as you should do.