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AIT staff member claims local traffic regulations do not apply

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A staff member of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT, 美國在台協會) recently stated that Taiwan's law is not applicable to AIT officials while parking his car illegally on Xinyi Rd, Taipei City, according to the Daan Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department yesterday.

 The police found a sedan with a diplomatic plate parked illegally on Xinyi Rd. during rush hour. The driver of the car was later confirmed to be a staff member of the AIT, said Lai Cheng-kuan (賴正寬), Daan Precinct director-general.

“When asked to move the car and show his certificates, the driver refused to cooperate, saying that Taiwan's regulations are not applicable to AIT officials” a witness said.

 Lai noted that the traffic citation would be removed only when the diplomat is confirmed to have been conducting diplomatic duties. “The driver is actually a Taiwanese. Those who violate traffic regulations in Taiwan are to be fined, no matter who you are,” Lai said.

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