And that is why this Uber Witch-hunt infuriating. If the government cared about collecting fines they would inspect factories, breakfast shops and the like regularly. Furthermore, people violating traffic laws would be fined.
Stand on any modestly busy thoroughfare in Taipei, say a T-Junction with two lane roads for an hour.
How many red-lights are blown? How many people turn into pedestrian traffic on red? How many park in cross-walks? How many pull U-turns into oncoming traffic? How many do not yield for pedestrians (including school kids crossing the street) and just dart in between people instead of yielding?
Conjecture is difficult but I am willing to bet that if 100 per day (which would only be 4.1 traffic violations per hour) were fined 300 NT per fine (and you know there are more than 4 per hour) that would net my little T-section in Tianmou 30,000 per month or about 360,000 NT a year.
Extrapolate that to the next intersection 500m down the road. Extrapolate that citywide.
The fines would pale in comparison to what Uber is paying.
And most importantly make the city and country safer for all.
Going after Uber is just cheap politics and nothing more. That is why I also brought up other "irrelevant" government malfeasance like the cooking oil scandals.
It is all connected to me.
Government doesn't care what I imbibe nor whether I am struck and killed while walking to work.
At least with Uber I know they don't give a shit.
Sitting down in a restaurant I now have to wonder does the government I pay taxes to even give a shit if the place has been inspected in 5 years?
Jesus, I work for a Japanese company and by law Japanese nationals are NOT allowed to drive in Taiwan because their government deems driving in Taiwan unsafe and therefore make it illegal for their citizens to drive here.
But Uber is the biggest problem in Taiwan for the government to go after?