[quote=“dan2006”][quote=“hsinhai78”][quote=“dan2006”][quote=“hsinhai78”][quote=“dan2006”]My IDP says it is good for a year, and there is no mention of getting any stupid endorsements at the DMV.
I think it is a spurious regulation that you need to endorse it as it is not mentioned on the IDP at all, and there is no special star with restrictions showing for Taiwan on the IDP itself.
And I have been stopped by cops before and have never been asked for my license. But again YMMV.[/quote]
What your IDP says is quite irrelevant to the domestic law of the ROC as only the law of the country where you want to drive matters and not the law of IDP issuing country. In the eyes of the government in Taiwan your IDP is no longer valid after 30 days since your last entry unless you have received an endorsement from the DMV. The endorsement is nothing more than a piece of paper that contains your personal information in Chinese and the seal of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications that will be affixed to your IDP. You can get it at the 2nd floor of the Shilin DMV.
If police did not ask for your licence you were lucky, next time they stop you be prepared for the possibility of being fined 6,000 NT$.
I was asked once for a red light violation, I explained to the cop in Chinese that it is an international license, he said “zhi dao le” and nothing else was asked. I doubt they have time to get you to come by the station and prove that you are past your 30 days, unless the person is being especially mouthy (which again is a law that is not in agreement with the spirit of the IDP IMHO)
Anyway if the OP wants to be sure, go down and get that stamp in the IDP, why not.[/quote]
The ROC recognises International Driving Permits under the 1968 Convention on International Road Traffic.
Article 7, paragraph a) of the convention states the following:
Unregistered long-term drivers are difficult to manage for the DMV. The DMV routinely refuses the endorsement to drivers with unpaid traffic fines like it does with holders of ROC driving licenses. Otherwise foreigners would simply switch from one IDP to another and never pay up.[/quote]
I was under the impression that fines were written to the scooter owner (via the plate) and not the driver. Is this not the case now?
Because in that case, the bike could have tons of fines from a certain driver, but the driver himself would be clean, therefore could renew the licence.[/quote]
You are correct when it comes to speeding or parking tickets, these are the obligation of the registered owner unless he can name the actual driver.
Fines you receive from police officers on handwritten red tickets are linked to your passport/ARC number and not an obligation of the registered owner.