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Date:110-06-24
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Do Not Operate Vehicles Without Driver Licenses to Avoid Accidents

【Kaohsiung News】According to statistics, from January to April 2021, the majority of traffic offenses reported by the police were operating vehicles without driver licenses. Among these cases, 1,596 are riding scooters without licenses, and 329 are driving cars without licenses. The Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government urges the public not to take to the road until they obtain qualified driver licenses because they may get into an accident due to a lack of driving experiences and abilities.
According to the statistics of the Transportation Bureau, of all traffic offenses reported by the police in 2020, operating vehicles without driver licenses ranked first with 5,797 cases, which was followed by failure to maintain a safe driving distance (1,467 cases), red-light running (1,035 cases), accidents resulting in injuries due to violation of traffic regulations (692 cases), and failure to yield traffic that moves straight when making a turn (654 cases).
It is noted that the trend of reported traffic offenses from January to April 2021 is the same as last year. Operating vehicles without driver licenses still ranked first with 1,925 cases, followed by failure to maintain a safe driving distance (902 cases), red-light running (271 cases), accidents resulting in injuries due to violation of traffic regulations (191 cases), and failure to yield to traffic that moves straight when making a turn (180 cases).
The Transportation Bureau said that in consideration of the danger of unlicensed operation of vehicles, the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act regulates that people who cause injuries or deaths as a result of operating vehicles without licenses shall be subjected to criminal liability under which the penalty shall be increased by 50%.
Moreover, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the other day that the Ministry will soon promulgate the amendment of the act, in which the fine of unlicensed operation of vehicles will be increased from NT$6,000-NT$12,000 to NT$ 6,000-NT$24,000. The amendment will also include a new requirement that the vehicle operated by a person without a driver’s license shall be impounded. The Transportation Bureau urges that for safety concerns, drivers shall obtain a qualified license before taking to the road.
The Transportation Bureau also reminds the public that failure to maintain a safe driving distance and red-light running are also traffic offenses that may cause traffic accidents. Drivers must keep a proper distance from vehicles in front to avoid collisions caused by unexpected traffic conditions.
 (The head of division in charge: Director Huang Cyong-jhu of Traffic Adjudication Center, 0963111808)
 
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Updated:2021-07-24