Just a quick warning to anyone who rides a moped/scooter/whatever. During morning rush hour I was stopped at a red light with about 30-40 other scooters, when the cop that was at the intersection walked through all the other scooters to have me pull over and show him my ID, license, registration, etc (this was before the crackdown on insurance started on 9/1). I asked if I had done something wrong; he said not at all – he basically pulled me over because I was not of Asian descent. I’m not trying to get into racism or racial profiling here, I’m just warning you guys to be aware. Maybe get those tinted visors so that can’t see as easily if you’re a foreigner. I have a friend who said that both he and his other friend got pulled over as well in separate incidents, possibly by the same guy (the cop kept replying to me in English even though I kept speaking to him in very ‘standard’ Mandarin). All these were intersections along JiLong (Keelong or whatever) Road, between HePing and RenAi Roads.
Anyways, I got a $6000 fine for not having a license, even though I have an international license for cars (and one for motorcycles that unfortunately expired). I understand that I have to know the laws of the land and heed them, so I’m not complaining about being fined… even though the head guy at the DMV did not know if I should have gotten a ticket or not (he doesn’t understand how int’l licenses work in Taiwan either); unfortunately for me he didn’t care, so I ended up having to pay anyways.
I went and got a local license (which I was planning on doing last month, but just never got around to it… damned laziness! My mom always said I’d pay for it…). It was laughably easy, and I suggest you all do it if you haven’t already (there’s an old thread about what it includes and how to prepare for it).
Ok, so a not-so-quick warning…