Thai cabinet approves raising car speed limit on highways

2020-12-01 13:35:25 GMT2020-12-01 21:35:25(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BANGKOK, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved the Ministry of Transport's proposal to raise the speed limit on highways from 90 kilometers per hour (kph) to 120 kph, for cars only.

Also, a limit of 90 kph has been set for trucks weighing more than 2.2 tons as well as buses which carry more than 15 passengers.

The cabinet also approved a speed limit of 100 kph for minivans and buses with less than 15 passengers.

A 65 kph limit applies to cars towing another vehicle, small four-wheelers, and three-wheelers.

Meanwhile motorcycles have an 80 kph speed limit, although big bikes of 35 kilowatts or more have a 100 kph ceiling.

School buses are limited to only 80 kph.

The speed limits in Thailand will apply on national and rural highways of four lanes separated by a barrier and without U-turn points.

The cabinet also approved the ministry's proposal to set a minimum speed for the fast lane of highways at 100 kph.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob told the cabinet members that the changes in speed limits are aimed at easing traffic congestions and to help the transport sector.

"The ministry's draft proposal is considered viable, setting estimated speed limits to around 100 kph in Thailand," said Saksayam. Enditem