Driver's License


#1

Hi,

I have a South African driver’s and drove legally in the States as the two countries have a reciprocal arrangement. Does Taiwan have any such arrangement for holders of foreign driving permits?

Thanks


#2

They used to. They changed the law about 5 years ago. Now if you want to drive in Taiwan, you need to sit the local exam. There is an English edition of the road laws and an English Test.


#3

Grasshopper, where can one find the English version of the road laws? And have you ever taken the test? How was it? What about the driving test? Is there a need to practise a bit on one of the driving school courses?


#4

Mucha Man

I was able to change mine over when it was still possible. That meant I didn’t have to do anything other then the medical.

The medical was very straight forward. It was more like a recovery session for stroke victims than anything else.

I’m not sure about where you can get the English version of the road laws probably in a bookstore like Keystone, maybe even Eslite. You don’t have to do driving lessons and if you’ve been riding a motorcycle on the streets then the switch to a car is very smooth.

The thing to be aware about is that having a driver’s license means that if you get stopped by the police you can be processed. The benefit, however,is that if you ever have a serious accident you are legal, and may not end up being the one left carrying the baby.