Opening a car door, either on the street or sidewalk side, can be dangerous in Taiwan, particularly on the busy streets of Taipei. For cyclists on those busy streets, unexpected car door openings are a common sight.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications wants to draft new laws pertaining to accidents that occur when drivers and passengers open car doors without looking first, according to Apple Daily.
Current laws only fault the driver/passenger if the car is illegally parked or stopped. Potential new laws would take into consideration whether the driver/passenger checked traffic prior to opening the car door; the driver would then be fined if found to be careless in his/her actions.
The National Police Agency reported 3280 accidents involving careless car door opening last year. The accidents killed six people and injured 4378 more. The majority of accidents involved bicycles and motorbikes running into the car doors.