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A slew of new traffic regulations came into effect in Taiwan (E-bike and Bicycle)



Taipei, Taiwan-  A slew of new traffic regulations came into effect in Taiwan, including an increased fine on people riding e-bike or other slow vehicles like bicycle on sidewalks and not giving 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.

Starting on Oct. 1, 15 new traffic regulations will come into force Taiwan, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Among the more noteworthy new laws, a fine of NT$300 (US$9.60) will be imposed on those riding an e-bike without a helmet, the fine for failing to signal when changing lanes or turning will increase dramatically, and those obstructing a zebra crossing will face a stiff penalty.

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.

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.

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.

As the popularity of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, increases in Taiwan, so do the accident rate and related injuries. In addition, some riders have modified their vehicles to exceed their original speed of 25 kilometers per hour by as much as double.

Under the new regulations, if a person drives an e-bike over 25 kph, they could face a fine of between NT$900 and NT$1,800. If an e-bike rider fails to wear a helmet, they risk a fine of NT$300, and if they refit the vehicles without authorization, they can be slapped with a fine of NT$1,800 to NT$5,400.

Be carefull in driving every vehicle you have, to avoid high charges that you will face in the future.



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