Taiwan’s new laws will pose stiffer penalties for drivers using mobile devices at the wheel
First publishedin World Highways
The authorities in Taiwan are giving approval for amendments to the road traffic violation regulations in a bid to crack down on the use of mobile devices by drivers. The new amendment to the law will impose a US$34.00 fine for any car driver or motorcycle rider using a cell phone, mobile device or other electronic device while driving. Motorcyclists and drivers were banned from using mobile handsets when they were driving, under the previous rules. But the amended rules now prohibit the use of handheld PCs and other types of handheld products when driving and when drivers stop at a red light. Drivers who connect to the Internet, talking or dialling on PCs or mobile handsets, will be imposed with fines. Meanwhile, the amendment is also bringing in heavier penalties against drunk-driving.