ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS
With an average of 66 road deaths every day, Thailand, a country long notorious for traffic congestion, has also become one of the world’s most dangerous places for road users.
Three of the five key laws related to road safety that are in effect today, the Road Traffic Act, the Motor Vehicle Act, and the Transport Act, were introduced almost 40 years ago as part of the largest overhaul of traffic laws and regulations in modern Thai history.
A giant step forward then, new challenges have emerged as well as remaining gaps and loopholes that must be tackled in a more systematic and coordinated manner if Thailand is to successfully reduce the number of road deaths nationwide by half as established by the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020).
Since its establishment in 2015, the Legal Development Program (LDP) has been working with policymakers and state agencies to review existing laws and regulations and make recommendations for legislative improvements. LDP aims to ensure that all five key risk factors [drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use helmets, seat belts and child restraints] will be adequately addressed and responsible organizations better equipped to enforce the law.
The program also collaborates simultaneously with partners across sectors to influence changes through media platforms. This includes policy and media advocacy campaigns, academic forums, publication of legislative studies, media interviews, and more.
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While there are different players and stakeholders working towards improving road safety in Thailand, few are experts in road safety legislation. As a result, it is crucial to develop champions in road safety legislation and further develop and improve their capacity to enable them to effectively contribute to improvement of road safety legislation in Thailand. In 2015, the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation Thailand in collaboration with WHO Thailand established the Legal Development Program (LDP) through which members were recruited and the program was launched.
The Legal Development Program (LDP) Thailand is part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) 2015-2019 to strengthen road safety legislation and implement proven road safety interventions.
Through building a network of legal experts who are committed to actively work and advocate for road safety legislative improvement in Thailand, we aim to contribute to the national and global efforts to cut road fatalities and injuries in half by 2020.
What we do
Boostthe knowledge and skills of a selected group of legal professionals and advocates committed to and actively working to improve national road safety laws and regulations.
buildthe capacity of LDP members to participate in relevant working groups and committees, and contribute to the overall road safety legislative improvement in Thailand.
Continuestrengthening the capacity of LDP members to advocate for road safety and road safety legislative improvement on media platforms and through other channels.
Changes We Advocate for
Increase drink-driving penalties.
Introduce measures for temporary vehicle impoundment.
Increase penalties for speeding.
Extend use of suspension and revocation to include private automobile licenses.
Introduce criminal penalties.
Improve rehabilitation system to provide better protection and ensure justice for crash victims and those affected.
1. SERVED as members of the Working Group to Review Road Safety Legislation under the National Road Safety Directing Centre (RSDC) and the Road Traffic Act Reform Working Group.
2. SUPPORTED the efforts to amend Thailand’s road safety legislation that led to the cabinet’s approval of 15 legislative and regulatory improvements in five key areas including drink-driving, speed, driver’s licence, public transport, and seat belts on 4 October 2016.
3. JOINED forces with local government, state agencies, law enforcement, academia, civil society organisations, the media, and the general public to campaign for the establishment of pilot safe speed zones in Bangkok. As of now, the new speed limits of no more than 50 km/h have been implemented in select areas of 30 provinces including Bangkok.
4. CREATED and provided an online platform to raise public awareness about road safety policy, legislation, and enforcement.
5. STRENGTHENED the capacity of government officials, law enforcement officers, academics, and civil society organizations to influence policy and develop into effective champions.
16 August 2016
17 August 2016
4-5 October 2016
14 February 2018