"新禁菸法規以及交通法規生效"( Funday )
(Local) New Anti-Smoking, Bicycle Driving Laws Take Effect
The Tourism Bureau announced new regulations banning smoking in 66 locations throughout 13 national scenic areas, along with new rules being announced for bicycling and driving.
The new anti-smoking rules comply with the Ministry of Health and Welfare non-smoking policy, and include national parks, national scenic areas and local governmental parks. Smoking will be outlawed throughout the national parks with violators facing fines of NT$2,000 to NT$10,000. Visitors centers, hiking trails, rest areas, parking lots, and conference rooms, office areas and administration buildings belonging to the national scenic area administration will be included in the anti-smoking areas.
The Directorate-General of Highways stated that those riding bicycles are now prohibited from talking on cell phones while riding and can be fined NT$300 for doing so. Similarly, those who do not yield to pedestrians or forget to turn on their lights at night will face an NT$300 fine. Bicyclists are also prohibited from drinking and riding, and will face an NT$600 fine if found to be under the influence of alcohol while riding.
Motorists will also have their regulations changed, with the time allotted for paying fines increased from 15 days to 30 days.