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Car drivers to be fined NT$3,000 if caught using phones & tablets

The China Post news staff--Car drivers and motorbike riders will be punished from Jan. 1, 2013 if caught using mobile phones and tablet computers while driving, according to the revised Statute for Road Traffic Management and Punishment announced yesterday by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).

Under the revised statute, drivers and riders will be punished for undermining driving safety if they're found by the police to be using mobile phones, computers and other similar electronic devices while driving or even waiting at a traffic light. Car drivers will be fined NT$3,000, while motorbike riders can expect a fine of NT$1,000.

Lin Fu-shan, a division chief at the Department of Railways and Highways under the MOTC, said that vehicle drivers and motorbike riders are not allowed to use mobile phones, tablets and other similar electronic devices (such as iPod, NB5) to give and receive calls; send, receive and process message texts; receive, read and send e-mails; take and send pictures, as well as other online connections while driving. Violators will be fined.

Lin said that the MOTC will launch publicity films to remind car drivers and motorbike riders not to violate the aforementioned regulations.

The police will increase their crackdown on violators of the new road traffic rules, but those who do the abovementioned practices after parking their vehicles at roadsides won't be fined, according to Lin.

In addition, several revised traffic regulations will be put into practice starting Oct. 15. Among them is that the fines on those who illegally force their way through railway crossing will be increased to between NT$15,000 and NT$60,000 from the existing level of between NT$6,000 and NT$12,000.

Another amendment is that those caught drunk driving while carrying children aged under 12 will see their drivers' licenses revoked for two years, in addition to paying a fine of between NT$15,000 and NT$60,000.

Those who decline to pay freeway tolls when passing toll stations will be fined NT$3,000 to NT$6,000, in addition to paying the due toll fees.

October 4, 2012    johnny.brian@
Well, Taiwan is becoming a fine nation, like Singapore. The big difference between these two countries is Singaporeans are more discipline than Taiwanese people. Still, the enforcement of traffic law in Singapore was ahead by almost twenty years. Taiwanese people are slow learner....
October 4, 2012    curtisakbar@
Hopefully they will enforce this law but I doubt it. Hopefully I can report idiots that do via the use of my helmet camera and / or dashboard camera depending on what vehicle I'm using.
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