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New traffic rules take effect soon

REVISIONS The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is reminding the public that several changes to the nation's traffic law take effect on July 1

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The nation's motorists will face a new set of traffic laws and penalties beginning July 1.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) reminded the public about revisions to the Road Traffic Management and Punishment Law (道路交通管理處罰條例) this week.

The new law, part of which will take effect on July 1, includes some major changes. For instance, motorists driving at a speed that exceeds the limit by 60kph or more can now be fined between NT$6,000 (US$187.50) and NT$24,000, and have their licenses suspended for up to three months.

Meanwhile, truck drivers can be penalized from NT$15,000 to NT$60,000 and have their licenses revoked if they are found to be driving while intoxicated.

Slow drivers who use fast lanes and block traffic can be fined from NT$6,000 to NT$12,000.

Overall, 108 articles in the law have been amended. But only 24 of the changes are directly related to motorists.

New regulations have been added, and fines have been increased in an attempt to reduce accidents.

The ministry originally planned to give motorists a three-to-six month grace period to educate themselves about the new regulations before they were enforced. However, it decided not to implement this plan for fear of creating lawlessness and anarchy on the nation's streets.

The ministry has reached an agreement with the National Police Administration to enforce the new rules in different stages.

While the majority of the regulations will become effective by July 1, about nine rules will only be effective from January next year.

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