Taipei-A slew of new traffic regulations came into effect in Taiwan Tuesday, including an increased fine on people riding bicycles or other "slow vehicles" on sidewalks and not yielding right of way to the visually impaired.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) unveiled the new rules last month following the Legislative Yuan's approval of amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act in May.
Under the new rules, cyclists or individuals riding other "slow vehicles" who fail to yield to the visually impaired, including those carrying a white walking stick or with a seeing-eye dog, near a crossing or when making a turn, will be fined NT$2,400-NT$7,200 (US$79-US$236), double the previous amount.
Meanwhile, cyclists and individuals riding "slow vehicles" who fail to yield to the visually impaired on crosswalks or sidewalks, will be fined NT$600-NT$1,200, also double the previous amount, and those whose failure to yield causes injury or death, will be fined NT$1,200-NT$2,400.
Motorists who fail to signal before making a turn or changing lanes will be fined NT$1,200-NT$3,600, an increase from the previous NT$900-NT$1,200, according to the new traffic regulations.
In addition, e-bike riders who fail to wear a helmet can be fined NT$300, while driving an e-bike over 25kph is subject to a fine of NT$900-NT$1,800 and drivers of vehicles refitted without authorization will be fined NT$1,800-NT$5,400, according to the new rules.
Moreover, people who obstruct traffic on roads face a fine of NT$1,200-NT$2,400, while those who block a zebra crossing are subject to fines of NT$3,000-NT$6,000.
Individuals who obstruct traffic by stacking objects on a zebra crossing will be fined NT$3,000-NT$6,000, and face a fine of double that amount if the offense causes injury or death.
Starting Oct. 1, the fuel surcharge on tour buses has also been suspended for one year. It is estimated the new measure will save each tour bus owner NT$27,000 a year, benefit 16,357 vehicles and reduce government revenue by about NT$435 million, according to the MOTC.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel