So just to make this plain out of 17,017 heavy bikes there were “900 violations by large motorcycles were reported between November and May.” SO that just over 5% of all heavy bikes that have been issued tickets in 6 months. That’s incredibly below the Taiwan average.
2003: "Taiwan topped world standings in terms of the number of traffic tickets each licensed operator of a motor vehicle received last year, a Central Police University (CPU) professor in Taipei said June 4.
Traffic police issued more than 17.41 million traffic tickets last year, said CPU Professor Tsai Chih-Hung, quoting statistics from the National Police Administration (NPA). “This figure could be translated to 1.5 traffic tickets for each of the nation’s 11 million licensed drivers,” Professor Tsai said, adding that the per capita figure was higher than that recorded in the United States, Japan, and Canada.
NPA statistics further show that traffic fines amounted to $542.24 million last year. According to Professor Tsai, these fines have become an [color=red]important[/color] source of income for city and county governments. The Taipei City Government received the largest amount—$46.8 million—in traffic fines last year, according to Central News Agency. "
So are they not making enough revenue from big bikers, is that the problem?
Out of 161,468 traffic accidents in 2007 there were 2,573 fatalities.
So banning big bikes from freeways would reduce that number by 5. And they are focusing all their attention on big bikes? Please!
“The [color=red]relaxed policy[/color] has led to the death of five people and injured 109, the statistics show.”
Definition of a Relaxed policy: [url=http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/local/taipei/2008/07/05/164030/Drunk-driver.htm] But the defendant appealed to the Taipei District Court, arguing that the alcohol did not have any influence on him driving safely.
He said he proved that by walking steadily along a straight line when police required him to do so.
The district court judge accepted his argument.[/url]
Of course nobody has mentioned how the 5 deaths by heavy motorcycle occurred. Is it perhaps possible that the deaths were not all the fault of the riders, but because of deteriorated road conditions or lack of due care and attention by other road users?
I don’t doubt that heavy motorcycle riders can be mental and often rather stupid and inconsiderate. After all a majority of them must be Taiwan license holders, there are even statistics as evidence to show how dangerous these bikes are, but the answer is not to simply ban them from roads. As someone else mentioned then in all fairness so should other types of vehicle that cause a majority of road deaths including cars, trucks, buses, etc.
What needs to be done in response to road deaths is police the roads better. Have adequate road safety laws and rules to abide by. Implement punishments according to violations or crimes instead of simply handing out more tickets. Ensure the road worthiness of road going vehicles by testing them on a regular basis. Introduce more laws to account for standards of vehicle maintenance instead of the non existent laws at present.
In the U.K. we have a government source of income in the form of vehicle testing which must be carried out once per year to every single road going vehicle. We provide revenue to tyre manufacturers by implementation of laws regarding the wear and tear of tyres. We provide revenue and taxable income to service repair centers that must maintain these vehicles and keep them in a state of good repair. Simply put it is quite easy and very possible to both improve the road conditions in Taiwan, reduce the number of fatalities and maintain a fair taxable income, as well as improve employment.
What Taiwan fails to realize again and again and again is the absolute obvious. It can’t see the forest for its nose!
For anyone interested you can check out some reports and stats regarding motor vehicle operation and number of accidents statistics below:
National Police Agency
Department of Statistics