[quote=“Bu Lai En”]I knew I guy who ended up int he foreigners detention centre…
Here’s a true story.
A guy, Peter (or something - I forget) calls me up asking for James from Australia. Apparently James left him my number. Finally figured out that James had been thinking of renting an aprtment from me many months ago, so left my contact details with this guy, Peter.
So Peter had sold his scooter to James. James didn’t have an ARC yetm so was going to get back in touch with Peter when he did, to do the transfer of ownership. Peter let it slide a while, but was trying to get hold of James becuase he’d got sent several fines for the bike, which he didn’t want to pay.
I had no idea how to get hold of James. I suggested that Peter just report the bike stolen, so that he didn’t have to pay the fines. Peter agreed that he’d probably have to do that.
Later I realised the possible consequences fo this. James leaves Taiwan, and sells the scooter to another foreigner. It has now become a ‘foreigner bike’ without papers. One day, some other poor guy who bought the bioke because it was cheap without papers, gets pulled over on a random check. No licence, no papers. Cops check it. It’s a stolen bike. Off to Sanxia for a spell behind bars before being deported for this porr chappie.
This is not farfetched. All except the last paragraph already happened.
Same happened to me but I escaped the last paragraph as well. I was riding a repainted NSR and the color was not matching the papers and to top that up, they couldn’t find the serial number on the Engine so they thought it had been filed off. Over 3 hours I spent at the cop shop and they made it clear to me that I was not sleeping at home that night if they found out my bike was stolen. The next day I got the color changed on the papers and had to go through inspection again to do so.
One may get away with it for years. My bike had just been repainted. I found out I was the tenth owner but luckily, it was legal.
I heard that even if you buy a bike with papers, if the papers and serial numbers were fake or made legal with some illegal practice and that they found out, you get deported just the same.
It’s a good thing to actually go to the police station and get them to do a check on the authenticity of your papers when buying a second hand bike. Something to do with the registration place and the many police stations that do not communicate and echange proper information regarding illegal vehicules. If I steal a bike and that it happens to have ID’s,(like an ARC or a citizen card)under the seat or something, I can easily get the papers transfered into my name, even if the bike was reported stolen in some other police station. Hell, everything is done with the stamp signature here and I can get a chop made at any locksmith.