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Posted on : 2016-08-12

Preparation

All regions of Taitung County (flatland areas) have a tropical climate. The average temperature in summer is approximately 27°C and often above 30°C during daytime. Taitung's temperature is moderated by the surrounding mountains and sea and therefore is not as sultry as the urban cities in western Taiwan. In winter, the average temperature is about 20°C but can drop to 12°C when the cold front comes.

It rains a lot in eastern Taiwan and the annual rainfall can reach an average of 2,000 millimeters. Most rain falls in torrents accompanied by summer typhoons and there are only few consecutive rainy days. It is always sunny in Taitung and the climate makes it suitable for traveling and biking all year round. However, while you are cycling in strong sunlight, be sure to drink some water and have good sun protection in case of sunburn.

For Daily Necessities, You Need..

  • Suntan Lotion
  • ID Card
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Cash / Change
  • Credit Card
  • ATM Card
  • Toiletries
  • Insect Repellent
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Soap
  • Personal Medicine
  • Chopsticks
  • Pain Relieving Gel

For Communication, You Need..

  • Mobile Phone
  • Charger
  • Battery
  • Powerbank

For Riding, You Need..

  • Helmet
  • Cycling Wear
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Fanny Pack
  • Socks
  • Hard-Soled Athletic Shoes
  • Raincoat / Rain Pants
  • Bicycle Headscarf
  • Sport Bottle
  • Sports Sandals
  • Swimwear
  • Windbreaker / Cycling Vest
  • Cycling Arm Sleeves / Leggings
  • Wind Protection Sunglasses
  • Transparent Shower Cap (For helmet cover during rainy days)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Ex: kneepads, wrist bands, etc.)

Laws & Regulations

★ Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act

Amended Date:2015.05.20

Reference: Laws & Regulations Database of The Republic of China

Article 3

Definitions for terms used in the Act:

  • Roadways: All highways, streets, lanes, alleys, squares, arcades, hallways, or other passageways for public use.
  • Vehicle lanes: Roadways with dividers, guard rails, or markings; and other roadways for vehicles.
  • Sidewalks: Arcades, hallways and ground-level roadways designated for pedestrian use; pedestrian bridges, and underpasses marked for pedestrian use.
  • Pedestrian crossings: Parts of roadways designated by markings for pedestrian use.
  • Signs: Boards with text or drawings indicating warnings, prohibitions, and instructions for road traffic control.
  • Markings: Lines, symbols, or words marked on road surfaces or other facilities to indicate warnings, prohibitions, and instructions for road traffic control.
  • Signals: Hand gestures, colored lights, sounds, and text that illustrate instructions for road traffic control such as go, caution, and stop.
  • Vehicles: Cars (including motorcycles) powered by a prime mover, slow-moving vehicles and other motor vehicles on roadways not including the vehicles powered by electricity installed on rails.
  • Temporary parking: When vehicles stop or remain idle for less than 3 minutes to load or unload passengers or goods, and are ready to depart at any time.
  • Parking: When vehicles park along both sides of a roadway or in a parking lot, and are not ready to depart.
Article 69

Slow-moving vehicles are classified and defined as follows:

  • Bicycle:
    • 1) Pedal-powered bicycle
    • 2) Electric power-auxiliary bicycle: a type approved two-wheeled vehicle that is powered mainly by human exercise and with electric assistance has a maximum speed of 25 km/hr or less and weighs 40 kg or less.
    • 3) Electric bicycle: a type approved two-wheeled vehicle that is powered mainly by electricity, has a maximum speed of 25 km/hr or less, and weighs 40 kg or less (not including battery).
  • Slow-moving vehicles with three wheels or more:
    • 1) Human-driven vehicles: with three wheels or more, carrying passengers or goods, or a vehicle that is pulled or pushed by human.
    • 2) Animal-driven vehicle: a vehicle pulled by cattles, horses, etc.
  • Should a slow-moving vehicle of three-wheels or more be operated on roads without applying registration with the municipal, county, or city government, the driver shall be fined NT$300 and prohibited from continue driving.
  • Regulations regarding the registrations, issuing licenses, and management for said slow-moving vehicles in the preceding paragraph shall be determined by the municipal, county, or city governments.
Article 69-1
  • All electric power-auxiliary bicycles and electric bicycles shall be inspected, apply for safety type approval and labeled with a certificate of approval before being operated on roads.
  • Regulations regarding matters such as testing criteria, testing methods, type approval procedure, conformity of production, qualifications for application, period of validity for approval certificates, auditing, supervision and administration for the inspection detailed in the previous paragraph shall be determined by the MOTC. The MOTC may authorize professional vehicle technology research institutes to deal with such manners.
Article 72

Should a slow-moving vehicle be altered without permission, or its safety equipments such as brakes, bells, lights, or reflective devices are not kept intact and in good condition, the vehicle’s owner shall be fined NT$180 and be required to install such equipment or make corrections.

Article 73

In the event of any of the followings, the driver of a slow-moving vehicle shall be fined from NT$300 to NT$600:

  • Operating without legitimate reason outside the designated slow-moving vehicle lanes or failing to keep right on roadways without designated slow-moving vehicle lanes.
  • Operating not on the designated route or not at the designated time period.
  • Failing to follow regulations when turning, overtaking, parking, or crossing an intersection.
  • Competing on the right of way, racing on roadways, or operating the vehicle in any other dangerous manners.
  • Failing to turn on light when driving at night.
  • While driving a vehicle, using a mobile phone, a computer or other devices with similar features to dial, to receive calls, to exchange mobile data , or any behavior that impairs driving safety.
  • Sampling alcohol level exceeding the maximum tolerate standards.

Drivers of slow-moving vehicles refusing tests outlined in Paragraph 7 above shall be fined NT$1,200.

Article 74

In the event of any of the followings, the driver of a slow-moving vehicle shall be fined from NT$300 to NT$600:

  • Failing to obey the directions made by traffic police officers; or failing to follow the instructions indicated by signs, markings, or signals.
  • Failing to follow the traffic direction on a slow-moving vehicle lane.
  • Failing to follow the regulations to cross over fast-moving vehicle lanes.
  • Parking in violation of regulations.
  • Riding on sidewalks or fast-moving vehicle lanes.
  • Failing to pull over upon hearing the sirens of fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, rescue vehicles, or emergency response vehicles for a toxi chemical substance disaster or accident.
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians when crossing a pedestrian crosswalk or turning at an intersection.
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians on walkways indicated by signs or markings to allow slow-moving vehicles to drive.
  • Failing to pull over or closely following upon hearing or seeing mass rapid transit system vehicles closing as their alarms sound or warning lights flash.
Article 75

In the event of any of the followings provided in all subparagraphs of Article 54 concerning operating a slow moving vehicle at railroad crossings, the driver of a slow-moving vehicle shall be fined from NT$1,200 to NT$2,400.

Article 76

In the event of any of the followings while carrying passengers or goods, the driver of a slow-moving vehicle shall be fined from NT$300 to NT$600:

  • Exceeding the number of passengers allowed.
  • Exceeding the weight limit for goods or carrying goods exceeding the limits of the vehicle body.
  • Carrying goods easy for leaking, scattering, and spraying odors; or hazardous materials without tightly sealed or properly packed.
  • Carrying poultry or livestock that are piled up or placed upside down.
  • Carrying goods that have not been well secured.
  • Failing to pull over to the side when loading or unloading passengers or goods, thereby impeding traffic.
  • Pulling other vehicles or being pulled by other vehicles.
Article 82-1
  • Abandoned vehicles occupying roadways shall be cleaned away by their owners within a designated time period upon notification by police authority after being reported by the general public, the police authorities, or the competent environmental protection authorities. Should the vehicle owner fail to clean the vehicle within the designated time period, be unable to notify, or the owner can not be identified, the vehicle shall be removed by the competent environmental protection authority or by a contracted private organization, and the vehicle’s owner shall be responsible for the corresponding removing and storage fees. Should the vehicle remain unclaimed for 1 month after public announcement, said vehicle shall be dealed as a waste by said competent environmental protection authority according to laws.
  • Regulation regarding the definition of a abandoned vehicle as described in the previous paragraph and measures concerning how said vehicle is reported and handled shall be determined by the MOTC in conjuction with the MOI, the Ministry of Justice, and the Environment Protection Administration, Executive Yuan. The removal and storage fees shall be determined by the municipal, county, or city governments.
Article 90-3

Competent roadway authorities, competent municipal roadway authorities, or police authorities may, as long as it does not impact safe passage or result in traffic concerns, shall establish parking spaces for motorcycles or slow-moving vehicles by signs or markings within the range of 10 meters near circles, crosswalks, or intersections.

Competent roadway authorities, competent municipal road authorities, or police authorities may, as long as it does not impact safe passage or result in traffic concerns, set up right of way for slow-moving vehicles on sidewalks by signs or markings when necessary.

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