We have seen that the reports of incidents on the streets of Taiwan has increased in recent times. Now, the carelessness of people is one thing but we also need to have something that fines people when break the law. Therefore, the introduction of new rules for Taiwan’s roads has been welcomed and they will also come into effect from October 1. As far as the new rules are concerned, they are regarding the e-bikes and other road safety measures.
The Ministry of Transport and Communication in Taiwan has announced that “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.”
Legislative Yuan’s Transportation Committee in April proposed to ‘impose fines on riders caught riding an e-bike sans helmet, speeding, or illegally modifying their bikes to increase their maximum speed’ back in April this year. After that, the amendments were approved by Legislative Yuan in May and they will now come into effect starting next month.
UDN reported that e-bikes have become widely used among foreign migrant workers because they are cheap and easy to repair. Therefore, they are also causing a lot of incidents on the roads of Taiwan so they must come under the law. Also, we have been told that they have also become popular among tourists and high school students, as they do not require owner registration or a driver’s license to operate.
Talking about the new law, 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.