Gentleman. This may be of no use reading this unless you are in possession of a Thai car licence
Back in January 2017 I visited mum in the uk. I choose avis car rentals as can pick up from terminal 5 at LHR, and avis are happy for me to hire a car on Thai licence, which I have used for many years to do so with no problems. The uk address I provide for avis is my mothers.
Fast forward to March 2017. Phone call from mum informing me Thames Valley Police have sent forms n paperwork ( to her address) to be filled in by me because I have committed a traffic violation. My heinous crime was 35mph in a 30mph zone. Must of been a speed camera I did not notice
Tell mum send all paperwork back with covering letter saying son not in country. He has been in touch with your help line for guidance.
Phoned helpline but where of no help. Given email address of fixed penalty notice unit so I start to liaise with them. Now the fun started. The below is over a 6 week period.
police......We want proof you have left country
me.......Can not provide details, do not keep boarding pass, or flight departure ticket suggest you contact airline. I provide departure date n details.
police....... We need to see your Thai licence please scan and e mail to us.
me.......Sorry can not. Do not own a scanner also have no idea how to send via an e mail attachment as am some what computer illiterate ( true). Other suggestions please.
police....... A photo copy by post will suffice.
me.......Great idea, but please bear in mind Thai air postal service is notoriously slow. Here is telephone number of driving licence issuing office Thailand good luck if you want to try and phone them.
Time passes by
Other day get e mail saying we are NOT proceeding with this case any further. Happy days. So gents by hiring on Thai licence instead of English I have saved my self 3 penalty points and also not been fined 80 - 100 quid. might be worth thinking about if you hire a car use a Thai licence.
rgds a happy soidog.