Want China Times
People who smoke while driving or riding a motorcycle may be fined NT$600 (US$19.40)
beginning July 1, Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications said Tuesday.
The fine will be applied when a complaint is filed against a motorist for smoking and potentially endangering public safety.
Smoking while driving or riding a motorcycle is seen as endangering the safety of other road users because cigarette butts or ashes can fly in the wind and burn or affect other road users, and smoke can also affect motorists’ visibility, the ministry said.
In principle, the law has set the range of the potentially dangerous effect of cigarette smoking at 3.5 meters, but if people who file complaints can prove they were affected beyond this distance, the smoking motorists will also be fined, it said. [FULL STORY]