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A semi-trailer truck carrying six luxury sports cars caught fire on Wednesday in Nakhon Ratchasima province, causing damage estimated at 100 million baht, police said.


A Facebook photo of a semi-trailer truck carrying six sports cars that caught fire on Wednesday in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Pol Col Manote Kerdkwan, chief of Klang Dong police station, said the incident occurred on the Mitraphap Highway about 7am.

The driver of the white Hino truck with Bangkok licence plate number 60-2915 told police that he only became aware of the fire when a motorist driving in the opposite direction repeatedly signalled to him.

The driver said he parked the truck and tried to put out the blaze, but it was too strong.

The fire also burned the truck's air brake tubes, causing the trailer to disconnect and block two lanes of the road, causing a major traffic jam.

The fire was finally put out. The damaged luxury cars included two Lamborghinis, a BMW and a Bentley. Each Lamborghini was worth more than 40 million baht alone.The cost of damage was put at nearly 100 million baht.

The driver was taken to Klang Dong police station for further questioning.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 08:23:48 AM »
Pakchong traffic stalled by burning Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley & BMW

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 30 May 2013 (NNT) – Traffic on the Mitraphap Rd. section in the resort district of Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima grinded to a halt on Wednesday because 4 luxury cars were burning on a car transport trailer that was blocking the road.

Firefighters and volunteers tried to put out the fire, which started from a BMW and then spread to a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and then a Bentley. Despite their best efforts, the showpiece automobiles could not be saved.

The Lamborghini was the most expensive of the bunch, with an after-tariff price of around 40 million baht. The Ferrari had a price of about 30 million baht, the Bentley roughly 20 million baht, and the BMW about 10 million baht. Altogether the damage was estimated at 100 million baht.

Ekkaphan Wilamon, the trailer driver, said he found out about the fire when a truck driver driving in the opposition direction alerted him about the burning cargo.

The cars were being delivered to Sisaket province.

In addition to the scorching of the 4 dream machines, the incident also took a toll on commuters on the road, which links Bangkok with the Northeast; forcing traffic to come to a standstill for about an hour because the trailer with the burning cargo was blocking the entire road.

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Luxury car barbecue on Mitraphap Road (updated)
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2013, 08:49:54 AM »
Luxury car barbecue on Mitraphap Road (updated)

Two Lamborghinis, a BMW, a Bentley and two other luxury vehicles were damaged in a fire on the back of a white Hino transporter travelling along Mitraphap Road.


A firefighter hoses down luxury cars that caught fire on Mitraphap Road in Nakhon Ratchasima early yesterday morning. The fire caused about 100 million baht in damage. SARIT SRISANG

Evening update

The six luxury vehicles are still unclaimed. No-one has come forward to claim ownership. Police have now asked the Excise Department and the Customs Department to check all documentation to see what is going on. A clear explanation of what happened should be given within a week, police said.

In case you are wondering, the transport fee for taking the vehicles to Si Sa Ket was 40,000 baht.

Noon update

TPBS reports that as of noon, no one has claimed ownership of the six luxury vehicles involved in yesterday's fire which destroyed four of them. According to the driver, they were en route from Bangkok to Si Sa Ket province. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. A team of forensic police is on the way to Pak Chong,  Nakhon Ratchasima where the vehicles are being kept.


Luxury cars catch fire on truck


With a cargo worth more than 100 million baht, the driver of the white Hino transporter was focused on the road ahead of him as he travelled along Mitraphap Road in Nakhon Ratchasima about 7am yesterday.

He did notice, however, that a motorist driving in the opposite direction was signalling to him that something was wrong.

When he turned around to look, he got the shock of his life.


The driver said he had no idea how the fire started.

His cargo, consisting of six luxury vehicles, was on fire and had been for some time.

He tried to stop the transporter but the fire had already burnt through its air brakes which caused them to fail.

When he tried to park his vehicle, the trailer disconnected and blocked two lanes of the road, causing a major traffic jam.

The driver said he tried to put out the fire but the blaze was too strong. It was finally extinguished by emergency services.

Two Lamborghinis, a BMW, a Bentley and two other vehicles were damaged in the fire. From video footage, it appears that some of the vehicles are a total loss.


This vehicle appears to be a total loss.

A Lamborghini alone is said to be worth more than 40 million baht.

The driver of the transporter was taken to Klang Dong police station for questioning.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

Footage from Springnews TV posted to YouTube:

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013, 09:04:06 AM »
I wonder whether these cars were stolen and on their way out of Thailand.
 

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2013, 09:54:51 AM »
Police: Gutted cars had 'no owner'

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: No one has claimed ownership of the six luxury vehicles involved in Wednesday’s fire which destroyed four of them and caused damage estimated at about 100 million baht, police said.

A firefighter hoses down the luxury cars that caught fire on Mitraphap Road in Nakhon Ratchasima early Wednesday morning. The fire caused about 100 million baht in damage. SARIT SRISANG

Pol Col Manoj Kerdkwan, chief of Klarng Dong police station in Pak Chong district, said the cars were brought from a showroom in Bangkok’s Rama 9 area and the delivery was destined for a petrol station in Si Sa Ket province on the Thai-Cambodia border.

Ekkapat Wilamart, the driver of the white Hino transporter truck carrying the costly vehicles, said he left Bangkok around 3am on Wednesday and was told that the cars would be “picked up” by an unknown person once he reached the petrol station. He said he had no idea when asked about the legality of the cars. 

The six cars were covered under a 10-million-baht auto insurance by Siam City Insurance.

Each of them was equipped with a natural gas storage tank which might have been the cause of the fire.

Police would summon the owner of the transporter used in delivering the cars for questioning, Pol Col Manoj said.

Police said the blaze burned a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, a BMW and a Bentley worth more than 100 million baht. A Lamborghini alone is said to be worth more than 40 million baht.

One of the theories police are looking into is whether the fire may have been caused by a burning cigarette discarded by the semi-trailer truck driver or other motorists.

Pol Col Panu Buranasiri, deputy commander for investigation of Provincial Police Region 3, said the delivery order only said the cargo would be sent to an unidentified customer in Si Sa Ket but did not show the name of the recipient.

Pol Col Panu said police would take no later than a week to identify the mysterious owner of the cars and to see whether they were legally imported.

“Police investigators are coordinating with concerned agencies such as the Excise Department, Customs Department and Si Sa Ket Provincial Land Transport Office to examine purchase orders, transfer permits, chassis numbers and other important documents,” he said.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2013, 07:52:33 AM »
Customs Department

Authorities to seize mystery luxury cars

'Temporary LPG cylinders' found in six vehicles; cause of fire being probed
The Customs Department says it will seize six luxury cars to check whether they were properly imported, after they were discovered abandoned on a trailer in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pakchong district.

Authorities were called to the scene on Wednesday after four of the luxury cars mysteriously caught fire; however, no one has come forward to claim the vehicles.

The trailer-truck driver said he was delivering the cars to an unknown recipient in Si Sa Ket, prompting police to suspect that the owner might be using legal loopholes to register the vehicles there.

Pol Colonel Phanu Buranasiri, deputy investigative commander of Provincial Police Bureau 3, said the Customs Department had informed the provincial bureau that it would seize the six cars for further investigation.

Phanu said police would hand over the six cars to the Customs Department after forensic crime officers had finished investigating the cause of the fire and checked the chassis numbers of the vehicles to try to identify the owners.

The Customs Department would check whether the six vehicles and their parts had gone through proper customs clearance procedures.

Phanu said the truck driver, Ekkapat Wilamart, 37, testified that he had loaded the six cars onto the trailer on Rama V Road, Nonthaburi, before heading to Si Sa Ket.

Pol Maj-General Prayad Boonsri, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau 3, has instructed the Si Sa Ket Police head office to check how many luxury cars have been registered in the province over the last five years.

Phanu said police would also check whether luxury cars in the province had been registered with the proper documents.

A source from the police team investigating the case said the LPG gas cylinders found installed in the cars were put in temporarily to avoid paying the higher rate of tax for petrol-fuelled vehicles.

The cylinders would have been removed once the cars were registered and had received their license plates, said the source, adding the cars would have required 95-octane petrol to run.

Two license plates of the same registration number "Nor Lor 6217 BKK" were found in an envelope behind the backseat of the white Lamborghini.

Phannipa Chokbamrung, 42, whose car is registered with the number, said she was surprised to learn from news reports that copies of her license plate were found in the car.

She said she had nothing to do with the luxury cars and was still paying monthly instalments on her own car, which she had bought in 2010.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 05:34:33 PM »
CRIME

Police probe luxury car registration scam


Authorities believe six luxury cars that were partly burnt while being transported to Si Sa Ket province on Wednesday were superficially equipped with gas conversion engines to escape high taxes.

Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, a deputy director-general of the Department of Land Transport, said luxury cars can be registered with their engines converted to gas, but doing so with the intention of converting them back after avoiding high taxes is illegal. Officials who authorise them would face legal action.

"It is illegal to have luxury cars registered with engines superficially converted to gas to avoid taxes. If they are registered, officials must be involved and they must be held responsible," Mr Asdsathai said.

Customs officials have impounded the six luxury cars that were partly burnt on a car transporter in Nakhon Ratchasima province en route to Si Sa Ket on Wednesday.

Mr Asdsathai said 13 luxury cars with gas engine conversions have been registered in Si Sa Ket since last year. He is investigating these registrations with the Si Sa Ket branch of the Department of Land Transport.

Of the 13 cars, six were registered last year and seven this year.

He also said there have been numerous requests for the registration of luxury cars temporarily reassembled with used parts before the government revokes this form of registration. Authorities have discovered people were using this tactic to avoid paying high taxes.

Deputy commander of Provincial Police Region 3, Pol Col Phanu Buranasiri, said luxury cars with gas conversion engines cannot run because their 10-12 cylinder engines require petrol with high octane levels. Luxury cars with converted engines can only remain idle and it is likely they are being presented for registration to avoid a higher tax bracket.

"Such cars cannot run with engines converted to gas. They can only be used to obtain registration. But now there is the question - why must they be registered in Si Sa Ket?" the deputy commander said.

He said he has ordered checks on the registration of luxury cars in the province over the past five years. Tax evasion cases are small but the people involved are influential, Pol Col Phanu noted.

Police will take four to five more days to check the six luxury cars to determine their source and who the owners are as chemical tests are needed to retrieve information from the burnt parts.

He said licence plates found with some of the cars gave useful information, while the driver of the car transporter was still refusing to identify who hired him to take the cars to Si Sa Ket. They were a Lamborghini, a BMW, two Bentleys, a Ferrari and a Mercedes-Benz.

One auto importer said the six cars belonged to an auto import firm on Sukhumvit Road. He alleged its management bribes officials in other provinces to register such cars.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2013, 10:44:24 PM »
Tax evasion cases are small but the people involved are influential, Pol Col Phanu noted.

Perhaps that's an indication as to the outcome of this incident.
 

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2013, 08:18:12 AM »
Thanks to continued reporting by the media still giving the impression of doing their job: ;)

DSI searches for car owners


The Department of Special Investigation is still trying to find out who owns the luxury cars that were burned in a fire on Wednesday in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district.

BLAZE OF GLORY: Firefighters hose down luxury cars that caught fire on Mitraphap Road in Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday. The fire caused about 100 million baht in damage.

DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith has ordered investigators to track down the owners.

Mr Tarit said other agencies which have an interest in the case, such as tax authorities, have yet to make a request to the DSI to handle it entirely.

The agency is checking the cars _ a Lamborghini, a BMW, a Ferrari, a Mercedes-Benz and two Bentleys _ to find out whether they are on a list of vehicles illegally imported into the country, the official added.

No one has shown up to claim them following Wednesday's fire, which might have been caused by liquid gas tanks illegally fitted to the vehicles to claim a lower tax rate.

Authorities suspect the cars were involved in a tax scam as normally they can only run on petrol. Authorities speculate that the intention was to register them as gas-powered and then reconvert them to petrol use after they were licensed.

Land Transport Department chief Asdathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket said on Friday that the provincial office in Si Sa Ket, where the cars were believed to be headed, had registered 13 luxury cars last year. But Danai Kot-asa, chief of the Si Sa Ket office, and vehicle inspector Natthapat Chanthachaem had counted only seven registered in the province since July last year and 13 over the past two years.

Mr Danai, who took over the position in July, said the office had verified all documents before allowing those seven cars to be registered.

A police source in Si Sa Ket said a man from Nonthaburi was involved in the registration of luxury cars in the province. He went to the province in a car transporter on May 9 to deliver a Lamborghini, the source said.

The Lamborghini may not be registered as Mr Natthapat said no luxury cars had been sent to the office since March.

"The Land Transport office in Si Sa Ket is not lax about the process. It is strict about all documents for registration," Mr Natthapat said.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 12:16:48 PM »
Burnt Lamborghini linked to tax evasion

A Lamborghini, which was among the six luxury cars burned in a fire in Nakhon Ratchasima last Wednesday, has the same vehicle identification number (VIN) as an automobile linked to tax evasion, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has found.

Pol Lt Col Kornwat Parnprapakorn, chief of the DSI's Special Investigation Centre in Nakhon Ratchasima, said the white Lamborghini bore the same unique VIN or chassis number as a luxury car on the tax evasion list inspected by the agency.

He said more evidence is being gathered and will be presented to DSI chief Tarit Pengdith. He will present the matter to the Special Case Committee.

Pol Lt Col Kornwat said the luxury cars on the tax evasion list were registered as imported parts to avoid paying high taxes. The tax difference for this scam is around 200%.

Danai Koatasa, chief of Land Transport office of Si Sa Ket province, where the luxury cars were apparently bound for legal licensing, insisted that all vehicles registered by his office have met regulations. He denied “extra” money had been collected.

Since October 2011, 23 luxury cars have been registered at the Si Sa Ket licensing office.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2013, 12:23:11 PM »
Car import scam hits government

Padermchai's son tied to luxury vehicle blaze

The son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap has been linked to a suspected luxury car tax-evasion scam. Licence plates registered in the son's name were retrieved from the charred wreckage of a white Lamborghini, one of six cars found on the back of a transporter lorry when it caught fire in Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday.

However, Mr Padermchai said Monday the licence plate number Chor Lor 6217 was the old licence plate number for his son's car.

His son had stopped using that number and had switched to a new one years ago, but the car dealer involved had not updated the information about the new owner of the Chor Lor 6217 plate, the minister said.

"My son and I learned about the matter and laughed because he hasn't used that licence plate number for a long time. Police inquired about it and my son already explained. Today, my son's car is parked at the Labour Ministry and it does not bear the 6217 plate number," said Mr Padermchai.

He insisted his son had nothing to do with the burnt luxury car and that his son's car was registered legally.

Mr Padermchai's son drives a white Lamborghini Gallardo bought in 2006.

DLT deputy director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket said officials found Chor Lor 6217 Bangkok and Yor Yor 1000 Bangkok licence plates in the luxury car fire incident.

Both plate numbers had been reported for cancellation of use and there had been no request to reuse either of them.

Mr Asdsathai said an initial investigation found irregularities with the registration of luxury cars in Si Sa Ket.

Fourteen luxury cars have been registered in the northeastern province since last year, including seven this year.

Two DLT officials in Si Sa Ket have been transferred to inactive posts as the probe widens. He has transferred Danai Khote-asa, chief of the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch office, to an inactive post in Bangkok, along with Natpat Jantajaem, chief of the vehicle inspection division at the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch.

Mr Asdsathai said evidence indicated Mr Danai failed to impose DLT regulations on vehicular checks and registration. Mr Danai denies wrongdoing.

A DLT probe sub-committee is looking for other officials involved in suspicious car registrations. Checks on the registration of luxury cars are under way at DLT provincial offices nationwide.

The luxury cars in the fire on Wednesday were equipped with gas cylinders and appeared to have their engines converted for gas consumption.

Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said Monday the DLT had to check if such luxury cars could really run on gas.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the Department of Special Investigation's (DSI) Bureau of Regional Operation Centre, said luxury cars could not run on gas. The Lamborghini in the car fire had been smuggled into the country and was among three smuggled Lamborghini cars that the DSI was tracing.

He also said although some luxury cars worth 30-40 million baht each were declared as locally reassembled cars for registration purposes, actually there was no high-technology equipment in Thailand to facilitate such reassembly.

DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said Monday 18 people were involved in the import and possession of the Lamborghini found in the fire.

Mr Tarit said a company called Dharma Motor Rich Co, owned by Pornpimol Khehathan, sought the registration of the Lamborghini as a locally reassembled car. Sukanya Sombatdee was identified as the buyer of its engine and TAN Express was reported as its importer.

Officials of the DLT, the Revenue Department, the Excise Department and an engineer who certified the gas cylinder installation in the car were also involved.

Mr Tarit believes the six luxury cars in the fire had been equipped with gas cylinders in a bid to evade high taxes.

The DSI has taken over the probe from local police as the cars were thought to be involved in tax evasion.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2013, 03:27:37 PM »
DSI tracks luxury car import tax scam

The investigation into a fire which destroyed four luxury cars last Wednesday has blown out, with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) now saying they are among thousands of imported cars declared as parts in a massive tax avoidance operation.


This illegally imported luxury car was seized by Customs officials in January this year. (File photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

More than 1,000 luxury cars were believed to have been imported into the country as parts, and then  reassembled. This avoids the very high tax on imported luxury cars.

DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said an unclaimed white Lamborghini - one of  four cars destroyed in an unexplained fire on a transporter in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Wednesday is one of those vehicles.

He said another 5,832 cars registered in 21 provinces were also being targeted by the DSI in an investigation into a tax evasion scheme.

"Nonthaburi tops the provinces on the registration list, with 2,553 cars.

"In Si Sa Ket, the agency found 19 cars (registered there),'' Mr Tarit said. The DSI is trying determine why so many were registered in the lower northeastern province, he said.

The Land Transport Department reported 13 very expensive cars were registered in the province, on the Cambodian border, in the past two years - six in 2012 and seven this year.

Danai Kote-asa, chief of the land transport office in Si Sa Ket, was transferred on Monday to headquarters in Bangkok ahead of an inquiry into luxury car registration in the area under his watch, Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said.

Mr Danai was ordered to leave the province immediately and report to the Land Transport Department in Bangkok, Mr Chadchat said.

Other officials in Si Sa Ket might also be moved out if they were found involved in the illegal registration of expensive luxury cars.

The ministry has not taken any action against Mr Danai at this time. The transfer is necessary to enable land  transport officials to look into the case, he added.

The office in Si Sa Ket is the spotlight after four luxury cars destined for the province were seriously damaged in an unexplained fire on a transporter as it was travelling through Nakhon Ratchasima last Wednesday. The damage was estimated at 100 million baht. Two other vehicles escaped undamaged.

The chassis and engine numbers of at least one of the damaged vehicles, a white Lamborghini, are on the list of cars brought into the country illegally as spare parts under a tax evasion scam, according to the DSI.

Mr Danai has been chief of the provincial office since July last year.

He has insisted that his office thoroughly verified all documents of vehicles registered in the province and claimed good service at his office was the reason owners of expensive cars decided to register their cars in Si Sa Ket.

Mr Chadchat disputed this and said he suspected there were other reasons why luxury cars were being registered in the province.

Thailand imposes a 300% tariff on imported cars with engines of more than 3,000cc, as they are regarded as luxury items. The tax calculation includes the price of the car plus transport costs to Thailand. Most luxury cars, expecially high performance sports vehicles, have engines of more than 3,000cc.

The high tax is the reason those in the car business look for a loophole. They disassemble the car and declare it as spare parts, because of the cheaper taxes, and then reassemble it inside the country and sell it at a much cheaper price than a legally imported vehicle. The process is completed with the car's registration at a land transport office.

The difference in tax payments for this tax avoidance scheme is around 200%.

Equipping luxury cars to run on liquid gas also entitles them to lower tax, and they are converted back to petrol afterwards.

Mr Tarit said he suspected politicians, businessmen and many officials were involved in the scam.

The government has decided to ban cars built from imported parts, but the decision will not take effect yet as the  draft regulation is still with the Council of State Council awaiting an opinion on its legality, according to the minister.

The DSI has found that the Lamborghini destroyed in the Pak Chong fire has the same vehicle identification number (VIN) as an automobile linked to tax evasion.

Pol Lt Col Kornwat Parnprapakorn, chief of the DSI's Special Investigation Centre, said the white Lamborghini bore the same unique VIN or chassis number as a luxury car on the tax evasion list inspected by the agency.

Mr Tarit said the DSI had decided to take up the luxury car case in Nakhon Ratchasima as a special case. It will ask Klang Dong police to hand over the investigation to the agency on Tuesday, he added.

The fire occured as the transporter truck was passing through tambon Klang Dong in Pak Chong district.

The Italian car case involves about 18 people including business operators, importers and officials of the Land Transport and Customs and Excise departments, according to Mr Tarit.

A licence plate was found inside the burnt Lamborghini and it was linked to a son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap. Neither Mr Padermchai nor his son could be reached for comment.

But Mr Padermchai's brother and former public health minister, Mr Chiya, explained that the plate was the old one for his nephew's car, and was also for a Lamborghini. But his niece cancelled it with the Land Transport Department in 2006 after buying a new plate with auspicious numbers at an auction, he added.

The department was informed and it could be verified as the record was in the car registration book, Mr Chiya said.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2013, 10:58:19 PM »
Police block attempts to move luxury cars

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - Customs authorities tried in vain on Tuesday to take control of six super cars for investigation, but police insisted the vehicles cannot be moved out of the station.


A partly burnt Ferrari seemed ready to be moved from Klang Dong police station in Nakhon Ratchasima to the Customs Department in Bangkok before police put the brakes on the seizure. (Photo by Sarit Srisang)

The Customs Department, led by chief investigator Yodphol Wichayapol, travelled to Klang Dong police station in Pak Chong district with four transporters to carry the luxury cars back to the office in Bangkok for an investigation.

Three cars - a red Ferrari, blue BMW and white Lamborghini - were moved to the transport trucks and the last, a black Bentley, was next in line, Pol Col Boonsong Attaworaanant, deputy commander of Nakhon Ratchasima, who rushed from the city to the police station, demanded the cars all be kept at Klang Dong.

The cars cannot be moved until forensic police complete the collection of evidence, Pol Col Boonsong said. Police will call in other agencies to look into the case, he added.

Mr Yodphol decided to cancel the department's mission. He said, however, that while he would agree to leave the cars at the police station, they cannot be moved as the department had officially seized them, and sealed their doors and steering wheels.

The four cars were burnt on May 29 while being transport to Si Sa Ket province for registration. Their total value at the time of the fire was estimated at 100 million baht.

The other two cars on the initial transporter - a white Mercedez and a black Bentley - survived the fire, and were moved from the scene to the police station on Tuesday.

All have fuel to power the engines.

The blaze turned an unusual fire report into a major case, and possibly a scandal. The cars have been linked to tax evasion, and authorities suspect they were illegally imported as "parts" to avoid high taxes, then were re-assembled in Thailand and send to registration at Land Transport offices in other provinces to avoid detection.

The office in Si Sa Ket has registered 14 such luxury cars over the past two years. The number prompted the Land Transport Department to look into the process of the northeastern province's office. The department and Transport Minister Chadchat Suttipunt suspect officials have colluded with others in attempts to legalise the cars.

Chief of the provincial Land Transport office Danai Kote-asa was transferred to Bangkok on Monday to clear the way for an investigation. He insisted the owners of luxury cars came to his office for registration and licensing because of the superior service he and employees offer at Si Sa Ket.

The police and the Customs Department are undertaking separate probes. The Department of Special Investigation also jumped in and taken the case for a special investigation.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said on Monday that the scam involved importers, assemblers and officials from the Land Transport, Excise and Customs departments.

The DSI estimates 5,832 cars having been registered by being importing as parts and then re-assembled in Thailand to avoid taxes. Another 3,000 vehicles are currently preparing to get licences, he said.

The DSI has found that Land Transport offices in 21 provinces registered cars that may be linked to such tax evasion.

The case was bizarre, since no one has yet claimed ownership of the cars. A licence plate found inside the burnt Lamborghini was linked to a son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap.

Mr Padermchai said on Monday that it was an old plate for his son's current car, which is also a white Lamborghini.

Land Department deputy director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket on Wednesday ordered all 21 provinces to keep all evidence of all car registrations, as officials in Bangkok and the regions will soon check their records.

Mr Asdsathai threatened to move officials out and to take additional action if they are found colluding with car assembly gangs

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2013, 04:20:45 AM »
Luxury car scam faces NACC probe
Graftbusters vow to root out tax evaders

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will follow up on the investigation into the suspected luxury car tax-evasion scam initiated by the Public Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

NACC member Phakdi Phosiri yesterday said he has asked the NACC to set up an inquiry panel to look into the case.

Pol Col Dusadee Arayawuthi investigated the case when he was PACC secretary-general, Mr Phakdi said. But he forwarded it to the NACC before being made deputy justice permanent secretary.

The PACC probe has already gathered a lot of evidence, Mr Phakdi said.

If NACC chairman Panthep Klanaron approves the request to set up the inquiry panel, he will first investigate the case forwarded by the PACC and then proceed with new and related cases.

Tarit Pengdith, head of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), said the department has already discovered that 5,832 cars were registered as locally reassembled to evade import taxes. It has also obtained information regarding the owners of these cars and will take action against them, he said.

Mr Tarit said if they are found guilty of tax evasion, they will be required to pay what they owe. Owners who paid taxes will not be prosecuted for criminal offences, but those who imported and sold the cars that were falsely declared will face prosecution, he added.

Pol Lt Col Kornwat Parnprapakorn, director of the Special Cases Bureau in Nakhon Ratchasima, said the DSI had sent a letter asking to take over, from Klang Dong police station, the investigation into the case of the six luxury cars in Nakhon Ratchasima that caught fire on a transporter last Wednesday.

The police station will hand over the case to the DSI within two days, Pol Lt Col Kornwat said.

A source said independent importers of luxury cars set up "paper companies" to import luxury cars. There are currently about 40 such firms in Thailand, of which only 10 have verifiable owners. The companies are set up as temporary operations and close down as soon as they face any legal problems, the source said.

The ports of Laem Chabang and Klong Toey are key entry points for imported luxury cars, the source added.

Independent car importers usually lobby politicians to order customs officials to expedite customs clearance for the vehicles, the source said. Previously, politicians would have received under-the-table money of 1 million baht per car that cleared customs.

But because of current stricter controls, an invoice now cannot be used to falsely declare lower prices for the imported cars, so bargains were struck to pay politicians only 500,000 baht per car, the source said.

Previously, a group of licensed car dealers complained that cars imported by independent importers did not go through industrial standards checks by the Thai Industrial Standards Institute under the Industry Ministry.

The group also asked the Department of Land Transport (DLT) not to issue licence plates to those vehicles which were not checked by the institute. However, the independent importers tried to get round the rule by sending a random sample of imported cars for checks rather than the whole lot as required by law, the source said.

Recently, the source added, the Customs Department sent a letter to ask the Thai Industrial Standards Institute to exempt imported cars from the standards check, even though cars are included on the list of more than 200 imported items that have to be checked for industrial standards by law as part of measures to protect consumers. The Customs Department also did not provide an explanation as to why only imported cars should be exempted, the source said.

The source added that importers of luxury cars also declared imported cars as second-hand vehicles that are owned by students studying abroad.

The six luxury cars that were caught up in the fire might have been imported via these means, the source said.

DLT deputy director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket previously said an initial probe found irregularities with the registration of luxury cars in Si Sa Ket. A total of 14 such cars have been registered in the northeastern province since last year, seven of them this year.

Two DLT officials in Si Sa Ket have been transferred to inactive posts as the probe widens. Mr Asdsathai has shunted Danai Khote-asa, chief of the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch office, to an inactive post in Bangkok, along with Natpat Jantajaem, chief of the vehicle inspection division at the DLT's Si Sa Ket branch.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2013, 08:32:59 PM »
Padermchai's son to be questioned by DSI

The name of the son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap wanted for questioning following a fire which destroyed four luxury cars has been made public by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief, and he has been summoned to report for questioning.

This red Ferrari is one of the four burnt-out luxury cars beng held at Klang Dong police station in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo by Sarit Srisang)

DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith said on Wednesday that Maj Sukkachart Sasomsap will be questioned about one of two licence plates - Chor Lor 6217 Bangkok - found inside a fire-gutted white Lamborghini, one of the four super cars destroyed in a fire on May 29 in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima.

He was initially asked to report on Thursday, but the meeting was brought forward to about 5pm Wednesday because Maj Sukkachart is not available tomorrow, Mr Tarit said.

It is the first time his name has been officially mentioned in the case. Previous mention has been only to "a son" of the minister.

Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

Mr Padermchai previously said the licence plate registration had been cancelled because his son, who also drives a white Lamborghini, had bought a new one at an auction.

Mr Tarit said the summons did not mean that Maj Sukkachart was associated with the tax evasion scheme involving  luxury car imports now under investigation by the DSI.

Maj Sukkachart posted a message on Facebook calling for fair reporting by the media, asking, "who will take responsibility for the damage to the Sasomsaps''.

He told  Matichon and Post Today newspapers that his Lamborghini was second hand, bought in April last year, and he had all the evidence needed to prove it.

He denied any knowledge about his old registration plate being found in the burnt-out car.

"Chor Lor 6217 (Bangkok) could have changed hands several times. I have no idea how it came to be there.  The Land Transport Department is the right agency for an answer,'' he told Matichon.

The Lamborghini was one of the four super cars burnt on May 29 in a still unexplained fire on a transporter taking them to Si Sa Ket. The other three were a red Ferrari, blue BMW and black Bentley.

Another two cars - a white Mercedez-Benz and a black Bentley - were undamaged. All are being held at Klang Dong police station, Pak Chong.

Officials of the DSI are work with other agencies - including the Central Institute of Forensic Science, the Customs Department and Exercise Department - after taking the six-car case as a special investigation. They suspect attempts to evade tax on the importation of the six cars, which were all to be registered in Si Sa Ket.

Police have a separate investigation underway into the cause of the blaze.

The DSI believes 5,832 cars, not all of them luxury super cars, have been brought into the country as parts and then reassembled to evaded import taxes.

The cars could have been falsely declared as used auto spare parts, or been disassembled into parts and then reassembled once they entered Thailand.

Many of the vehicles, including those six cars now parked at Klang Dong police station, were fitted to run on liquid gas, to avoid strict inspections. Officials believe that they were to be later reconverted to use petrol after the registration process was completed.

No one has come forward to claim the six vehicles since the fire.

Mr Tarit said the investigation will mainly focus on cars where there is solid evidence pointing to tax evasion. The agency will allow  owners of the cars who are unsure whether their vehicles have been legally taxed to contact officials for verification. It was possible they were not aware that their vehicle was subject to tax evasion.

Those violating the tax laws could be fined four times the normal tax rate and sent to jail for 10 years, under the  Customs Act.

The Land Transport Department's records show 6,826 cars were registered as gas-powered vehicles locally assembled from used auto parts between October 2000 and March this year, according to Transport Minister Chadchat Suttipunt.

Bangkok registered 816 cars and the rest were in other provinces, topped by Nonthaburi and Saraburi.

The minister said provinces with unusally high registrations of the cars will be the prime target of the probe by the Land Transport Department.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2013, 09:47:04 PM »
Sukkhachart denies car scam tie

Padermchai's son says tax paid on Lamborghini

The son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap has denied owning a fire-gutted white Lamborghini at the centre of a tax evasion probe.


Maj Sukkhachart Sasomsap shows car registration documents at the Department of Special Investigation. The son of Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap was summoned for questioning about the suspected luxury car tax evasion scam yesterday. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Maj Sukkhachart Sasomsap testified at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) yesterday. He was summoned for questioning about one of two licence plates _ Chor Lor 6217 Bangkok _ found at the scene of a fire on May 29.

The vehicle was one of four luxury cars destroyed in the blaze in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima. The cars were among six on a transporter that was taking them to Si Sa Ket.

Maj Sukkhachart brought registration documents and tax payment documents to prove his innocence.

He said he bought a second-hand white Lamborghini Gallardo with the licence plate Chor Lor 6217 from a car dealer centre last year, for 13 million baht. The car was registered between 2005-2006.

After he bought the car, Maj Sukkhachart said he acquired a new licence plate number at an auction and returned the old licence plate number to the Land Transport Department. He has since used the new number.

Maj Sukkhachart said he had no idea how he had become linked to the fire-gutted Lamborghini.

He said his car runs on petrol and was not modified. It cannot run on gas, he added.

Maj Sukkhachart insisted the Lamborghini he now owns is of a different type to the fire-gutted one, which is a Lamborghini Murcielago.

Pol Lt Col Kornwat Parnprapakorn, director of the DSI's Special Cases Bureau in Nakhon Ratchasima, said initial checks on the car ownership documents of Maj Sukkhachart had found no link between his car and the one destroyed in the fire. However, the DSI will check the other licence plate found at the scene of the fire again and ask the Department of Land Transport to check if the plate was genuine.

The other three cars destroyed in the fire on May 29 were a red Ferrari, a blue BMW and a black Bentley.

Two other cars on the transporter _ a white Mercedes-Benz and a black Bentley _ were undamaged. All are being held at Klang Dong police station in Pak Chong. No one has come forward since the fire to claim the six vehicles.

Mr Tarit said the summons did not mean Maj Sukkhachart was linked with the tax evasion scam involving luxury car imports now under investigation by the DSI.

Mr Tarit said the DSI, which has taken over the case of the six luxury cars as a special investigation, will also work with other relevant agencies _ the Department of Land Transport, the Central Institute of Forensic Science under the Justice Ministry, the Customs Department and the Excise Department _ to inspect 5,832 luxury cars suspected of being linked to the tax evasion scam.

The cars were claimed to have been imported as parts and locally re-assembled to avoid import taxes, but the DSI suspected they were actually imported as whole cars.

The agency will allow the owners of cars who are unsure whether their vehicles have been legally taxed to contact officials for verification as it was possible they were unaware that full taxes on their cars had not been paid.

The DSI will also investigate owners of cars who claimed their vehicles were registered as locally reassembled but were still suspected of avoiding taxes.

He said the DSI will tomorrow seek court warrants to search four factories thought to be used to reassemble the imported luxury cars, even though initial findings suggested these factories had no capacity to reassemble expensive luxury cars.

He said the suspected luxury car tax evasion scam could have cost the state at least 20 billion baht. There are about 3,000 luxury cars awaiting registration, in addition to the 5,832 luxury cars suspected of being illegally registered.

The DSI also has evidence the six luxury cars were among the 3,000 cars awaiting registration, he said.

Transport Minister Chadchat Suttipunt yesterday said the Land Transport Department's records show 6,826 cars were registered as gas-powered vehicles locally assembled from imported used auto parts between October 2010 and March this year,

Bangkok registered 861 cars and the remainder were in 15 other provinces, topped by Nonthaburi (2,741) and Saraburi (1,289).

The minister said provinces with unusually high registrations of cars and cars registered as gas-powered will be the prime target of the probe by the Land Transport Department.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2013, 01:09:21 PM »
DSI gets a lead in super-car case

BANGKOK: -- The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has received information from a transport firm owner about who might own the luxury cars that were damaged in a trailer-truck fire in Nakhon Ratchashima last month.

Hence, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said, the probe should be completed in the next two weeks.

The DSI and other related agencies were also scheduled to meet with 10 super-car dealers later yesterday to inspect vehicles that are believed to have been wrongly registered as locally re-assembled, Tarit said.

Tarit said the DSI was interrogating the owner of the trailer company, A-ngoon Jeungsaengmanee, and trailer driver Ekkapan Wilamon, and was hence able to identify the person who had hired the trailer to transport the luxury cars. However, Tarit said the name could not be revealed as the investigation was pending.

He said that within two weeks, the DSI should be able to identify others involved. He said the investigation had initially found that JMW Motors Co, TAN Express Co and Porjai Autopart Co had sent auto-parts to Dhamma Motor Rich Co to re-assemble and register the cars.

Tarit said that the probe into 532 other wrongly registered vehicles would not interfere in this investigation, adding that DSI officials will contact the owners to present their papers on June 14.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Police Region 3 said yesterday that it was looking into other re-assembled super cars in seven provinces in the lower Northeast.

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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2013, 12:52:33 PM »


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Investigators had already gathered information on the suspected owners of six luxury cars that mysterious caught fire on a transporter in Nakhon Ratchasima, while en route to be registered as re-assembled vehicles in Si Sa Ket late May.

2013 Luxury cars worth Bt100 million destroyed in fire.


Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdit said yesterday as forensic investigators worked to identify the burned cars' registration numbers, the transporter owner, A-ngoon Jeungsaengmanee, had volunteered information about others involved in hiring her company to transport the cars, besides Nathee Rewthong.

However, Tarit declined to give any details about the alleged involvement of others, or whether they were the real owners of the cars in question.

As for the rumour that the owners of the luxury cars were linked to people with political clout, Tarit said the DSI would look into the claims and any wrongdoers would be punished in accordance with the law.

Tarit also said the other investigation calling for the owners of 548 re-assembled cars to submit their vehicles for inspection, would quickly determine whether the luxury vehicles were re-assembled from auto parts or completed factory models.

Vehicles that were found to be imported factory models masquerading as re-assembled cars, would be seized by the DSI for further investigations into their owners.

Tarit said the luxury vehicles' current owners would initially be regarded as the damaged parties if it could be proven they had no knowledge of the fraud. There would also be grounds for current owners to sue the companies which sold them the vehicles, he said.

Luxury car owners are urged to contact authorities by June 18 to make an appointment for their vehicle to be inspected. Appointments for inspection are expected to commence from June 24 onwards and would not take longer than two hours, said Tarit.

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Re: Two owners of burnt luxury cars surrender to DSI
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2013, 05:51:02 PM »
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Two suspects allegedly involved in tax evasion for four luxury cars burnt in a fire in Nakhon Ratchasima reported to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) today, but denied all charges.

Pol Lt Col Wannapong Kotcharag, DSI deputy director general, said the agency charged Nareunart and Thanan Kuansawat after evidence and witnesses allegedly linked the pair to the trade of high-end cars that were improperly taxed.

Both denied all charges and refused to give any statement to investigators today but would prepare documents and meet the DSI officials again June 28.

The charges against them including smuggling vehicles that have not passed customs, falsely declaring the car type with intent to avoid paying the proper tax rate, concealing the cars and selling them, and transporting the cars without permission.

The DSI did not demand bail bond as the two men surrendered voluntarily, but the two put up Bt2 million cash as collateral in surety that they would not escape.

Col Wannapong said the pair told investigators that they were running housing estate business and refused to answer questions related to the connection between them and the owner of a trailer truck, the trailer truck driver and the luxury cars.

Altogether six cars were being transported on a trailer truck, but only four burnt in a fire, the cause of which has not been determined on May 29 at Pak Chong district, en route to Si Sa Ket -- including a Lambogini, a Bentley, a BMW and a Mercedes Benz sedan. (MCOT online news)

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2013, 08:27:14 AM »
Luxury car duo to face charges

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will push for prosecution of car tax-evasion suspects Nareunart and Thanan Kuansawat for trying to destroy a Ferrari's engine number after a forensic probe found a plate covering the engine's original number.
Meanwhile, annual renewal of luxury car permits will soon be require an examination in Bangkok only, to screen out and punish people evading tax.

DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said yesterday the duo's lawyer had earlier admitted that they had bought the six luxury cars, which were burned in Nakhon Ratchasima in May. This was in line with evidence the DSI obtained that the duo hired a trailer-truck company to transport the cars for registration in Si Sa Ket.

He said the duo, besides a charge of tax evasion, could also face charges of car engine-number forgery and faulty import declarations to the Custom Department.

A source at the DSI said that the Ferrari engine forgery was allegedly to obtain a new car registration number from the Thai authority, which would be used for another car. It was found that original engine numbers of the other burnt-out cars were also scratched out.

The source said Nareunart might also face a charge of a false declaration to Customs because the import document for the burnt Ferrari, which Nareunart had before selling the vehicle to Bio-power System, said the imported parts were for a Benz but later were reassembled into a Ferrari, and a separate registration bid was filed for that.

Tarit said officials had made progress in examining luxury cars worth more than Bt4 million, if they were reassembled vehicles as registered. He said 176 cars had been submitted for the probe, so the DSI extended the period for another week, as 200 cars were expected to turn up.

However, the owners of 400 cars had ignored the probe, so the DSI would set a standard for car inspection for the Land Transport Department to use as part of the annual renewal of registration, which would only be done in Bangkok, he said.

If it was suspected that no tax had been paid on a car, the Land Transport Department could pass the case to Customs to assess appropriate tax and fines for the car owner to pay, or else the car would become state property, he added.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2013, 11:41:06 PM »
DSI busts 3rd super car import suspect

The driver of a trailer carrying six expensive vehicles that caught fire in Nakhon Ratchasima on May 29 has been arrested in an ongoing probe into the alleged super car tax evasion scam, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) revealed on Sunday.

Nathee Riewthong, on whom police had posted a 100,000 baht bounty, was arrested in front of a bar on Pibulsongkram Raod in Nonthaburi shortly after midnight on Saturday night, DST chief Tarit Pengdith said.

The DSI accused Mr Nathee of conspiring with two key suspects in the alleged scam who were arrested in June — Naruenart Kwansawas and Thanant Kwansawas.

He was allegedly hired to drive the six luxury cars to Si Sa Ket where the vehicles would be registered at the Land Transport Office.

Mr Nathee, alias Ai Duan, faces the same four charges authorities have pressed against the first two arrested suspects.

They are accused of smuggling cars that have not passed through customs; falsely declaring a vehicle type with the intention to avoid paying proper tax; concealing and selling the cars illegally; and transporting cars without permission.

Mr Nathee denied any wrongdoing when police apprehended him, Mr Tarit said.

Investigators earlier said they had evidence and witness accounts to prove Mr Naruenart and Mr Thanant were the owners of the six cars, of which four were damaged in the fire.

The suspects, who were released on 2-million-baht bail, told investigators they ran a real estate business and had nothing to do with Angoon Juengsaengmanee, the owner of the transporter used to carry the cars, or Mr Nathee.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2014, 09:13:55 PM »
Warrants for car-smuggling Malaysians

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has obtained warrants for the arrest of two Malaysians allegedly involved in smuggling luxury vehicles into Thailand -- an investigation sparked by a fire on a car transporter trailer last year in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat Panprapakorn, director of the DSI's Bureau of Special Operation, said on Wednesday the arrest warrants were issued by the Criminal Court on Oct 13.  They name Ng Chee Kiong, 30, and Poh Boom Poy, 42.

It follows an investigation into a fire on a vehicle transporter carrying luxury cars in Pak Chong district of Nakhon Ratchasima on May 29, 2013. Six luxury vehicles were destroyed in the blaze.

Investigators discovered the two Malaysians had driven two of the six burned cars into Thailand, posing as tourists.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat said the incident exposed the illegal importation of fully built luxury cars into Thailand. The cars were later dishonestly registered as vehicles assembled in Thailand from imported  parts, enabling the owners to avoid the 300% tariff on the vehicles and pay only a 70% tax.

Of the six burned luxury cars on May 29, one was a Bentley that had been stolen from a bonded-zone of the Customs Department, the DSI found.

Based on the database of the Department of Land Transport, there are 6,575 registered reassembled vehicles. and the DSI suspected that 1,350 of them had been actually imported as fully built units. The owners evaded the high legal tariff through the vehicles' false registration as assembled vehicles.

The tax evasion cost the state about two billion baht in lost revenue, Pol Lt Col Korrawat said.

He also said that about 500 smuggled vehicles had been stolen from the bonded-zone of the Customs Department before they were put up for auction. They included two Mercedes Benz cars that had been stolen in Malaysia.

Recently authorities told the owners of registered reassembled cars to have their vehicles examined following the exposed tax evasion scam.

Pol Lt Col Korrawat said that 215 vehicles were presented voluntarily, 163 were ordered to undergo  examination and 150 others had not showed up. He said a last call would be issued, and afterwards the outstanding vehicles would be seized.

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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2016, 10:55:57 PM »
Wow, they're still onto this!

9 months to finish checks on 7,000 'reassembled' cars

Authorities will wrap their investigation of 7,123 allegedly reassembled vehicles by year-end to determine if any evaded taxes, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said on Monday.

The minister convened officials from seven organisations to speed up the verification of whether the vehicles actually were fully assembled imports fraudulently declared as locally reassembled to avoid high import duties.

Full article: Bangkok Post
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Re: Luxury cars destroyed in truck fire ♦ Mitraphap Highway
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2016, 06:57:39 AM »
Yes thanks for that update JF.

In the BK Post, the officials state that the matching or not of engine and body parts will be a factor in deciding if a particular vehicle has evaded the import duty.
Several years down the line, this is an amazing piece of shilly-shallying !
All the Govt. need to do is to conduct a quick survey of the Thai Automotive industry and determine which are legitimate CKD Companies as authorized by the original Manufacturer abroad. ALL vehicles NOT produced by these legitimate Companies should bear import duty. (CKD - Completely Knocked Down). Allowing other operators a concession on Import Duty if they gratuitously reassemble in Thailand, misses the point somewhat IMO.

But I am a little worried if this investigation might affect me and my Lamborghini !
 

 



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