Over the past three years, up to 200,000 people have been arrested for the offence of illegal motorcycle racing, assistant national police chief Pol Lt-General Ruangsak Jaritake said yesterday.
He went on to say that from now on, police would not only arrest the racers, but also onlookers who cheer them on, as well owners of shops that sell modified racing vehicles and the parents of the underage racers.
Illegal racing on public roads is punishable by up to three months in jail and a fine of Bt2,000 to Bt10,000. Under the new regulation, parents of underage racers will also face three months in jail and be fined Bt30,000.
Owners of shops that illegally modify racing vehicles face a month in prison and up to Bt50,000 in fines.
Members of the public are encouraged to call the 1599 hotline at any time of the day or night to report illegal racing.
Ruangsak said the illegal racers often raced down Klong Toey, Ratchadapisek, Kaset-Nawamin, Kanchanapisek, Rama IV, Vibhavadi-Rangsit, Petchaburi and Ram-Indra roads.