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Transport & Traffic / Pollution tax on motorcycles
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 05:29:31 PM »
What a great idea Pollution tax on motorcycles now on the table, wont hurt the boy racers round here, revving up like a mad thing all the hours of the night, probably applies to the legal riders that need their vehicle to get to work and back :(

Pollution tax on motorcycles now on the table

The Excise Department is now studying a possibility to introduce vehicle pollution tax on motorcycles in a new effort to improve air quality.

The department’s director-general Mr Krisada Chinavicharana said excise officials are now studying the possibility of charging pollution tax on motorcycles similar to cars in accordance with the emission of carbon (CO2) emission.

He said currently excise tax on motorcycle is charged in accordance with the engine capacity.

But under the study, the more carbon it emits, the higher pollution tax will be charged.

He said the Excise Department has begun to collect pollution tax on vehicles since 1 January 2016.

Excise tax on eco cars emitting less than 120g/km is set at 17%, while medium cars of 1800-2000cc engine capacity such as cars which use E20 fuel face 25% excise tax, he said.

“We are also considering whether to charge air or water pollution tax on other fuels sure as coal, and electronic wastes,” he said.

Leaving these wastes unresolved will be a heavy financial burden for the government, he said.

He also disclosed that during the past four months of Fiscal 2018 year, collection of overall excise taxes was 1 billion baht over the target, as collection of car and liquor taxes had surpassed targets.

But collection of excise tax on oil was below the target because more eco cars were used.

However he was confident overall collection of excise tax could meet the target at 600 billion baht.

The Excise Department forecast 800 billion baht excise tax to be collected in 2021 from expansion of tax bases and increase the collection efficiency of officials.
Expat News / The Real Reasons Expats Decided Thailand (And What They Think Now)
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 05:09:07 PM »
looks like we have a dan the man thread, i wonder what the other 20.63% are here for ;D

The Real Reasons Expats Decided Thailand (And What They Think Now)

In many instances there is a stigma regarding becoming an expat in Thailand, stereotypical images of old men with vests, slugging away on a can of Singha beer and ogling the young Thai women spring to mind. In my mind this is hugely misleading and in the majority of cases not true.

You certainly have your areas in Thailand more befitting of such views, like Pattaya, but it’s far more marginal now than its ever been in these locations. Trust me as I live in Pattaya with my family.

But it did get me thinking. What was the primary reason for people deciding to come and live in Thailand in the first place, if stereotypes was to be believed you’d assume ‘women’ to rate fairly highly.

So using the various media at my disposal I did a simple online survey and in a matter of days had an interesting – if not huge – 89 replies back from Expats living in Thailand. At the core to this survey was the question ‘What was your primary motive for becoming an Expat in Thailand?’. You can see from the chart below that ‘Women’ most definitely was not the driving force. In fact almost 1 in 4 of the replies was a financial reason – ‘Cheaper to Live’.

1 in 10 cited the reason that they had friends living in Thailand already, so friendships and bonds were a far stronger rationale than sexual relationships – which would have come through from ‘women’ being selected. A further 1 in 10 came to Thailand more to leave their domestic country than the attraction of Thailand itself.

1 in 5 were work motivations whilst 15.87% was due to the warmer climate – and after a recent trip back to the UK in February of this year I can be reminded of how lucky we have it living in Thailand with almost year round sunshine.

All very interesting information.

So, What do Expats Think Now about Living in Thailand?

I really got lots and lots of input about what expats now think about living in Thailand – and by the way 94.8% are happy to still live in Thailand. Let me just draw some sound bites from various feedback received.

“People are great, outside the tourist areas”
“Often language barriers to really getting to know Thais or getting needs met”
“Judgement for dating Thai women”
“Love the climate, food and women”
“Interesting culture”
“Cheap and effective internet”
“Thais could do with some serious driving lessons”
“Wonderful country for any age of nationality”
“Nothing is ever simple in Thailand and corruption is a major factor”

So by and large, a few grumbles but expats are happy to live in Thailand. The type of expats you meet depends very much on the area you live – in Chiang Mai for example you will find far more couples who are both expats rather than the classic Thai Lady – Western man set up in other areas. Affluence also varies area to area.
Half as serious and less / Re: Anyone seen my little willy
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 03:53:56 PM »
No! no! no! jivvy this is the my little willy thread ;) and in Thailand

Health Care / Re: Have you got health insurance
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 03:29:42 PM »
Grahams Funeral

Update Regarding Grahams Funeral
Half as serious and less / Re: Anyone seen my little willy
« Last post by jivvy on Yesterday at 09:56:02 AM »
Half as serious and less / Re: caption it
« Last post by Taman Tun on Yesterday at 01:11:25 AM »
Woofters, everywhere you look.
Half as serious and less / Re: caption it
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 12:34:29 AM »
Ha! Ha! yes buffy, (旺旺—wàng wàng) the year of the dog ;)
Half as serious and less / Re: caption it
« Last post by Not A Buffalo on February 19, 2018, 10:52:54 PM »
It was "Hump Day" somewhere in Nakhon Nowhere!
Half as serious and less / Re: caption it
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