Newspaper article China Post

New Traffic Regulations Include Smoking Ban

Newspaper article China Post

New Traffic Regulations Include Smoking Ban

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Motor vehicle drivers caught smoking while driving on busy roads will soon be fined NT$600, according to a package of amendments coming into force next year aimed at raising the penalties for various offenses affecting traffic safety.

Amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act ([...]) passed in the Legislative Yuan after their third reading yesterday.

The sequence of actions involved in smoking while driving, such as lighting a cigarette, exhaling smoke and holding the cigarette, are all punishable acts under the new rules. The critical point is whether others are affected by the acts, according to the text of the amendment, which is most applicable to busy roads.

The precise date the new rules will go into effect will be set after a joint assessment by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the Ministry of the Interior. The two ministries will submit a recommendation to the Executive Yuan, and the date is estimated to fall sometime in the first half of 2015, according to the Department of Railways and Highways ([...]).

The dangers that the department had in mind when designing the measures include ash floating into the eyes of pedestrians, the United Evening News reported. People who are near a smoker may be burned by the sparks flying off a cigarette, and traffic safety may be impacted by the smoke. The department made the new rules after receiving several complaints by the public. …

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