Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced that it would enforce helmet requirements for electric bike riders beginning on July 1 in accordance with the “Road Traffic Safety Rules,” UDN reported. Riders without a helmet will be subject to a fine of NT$300-600.
E-bikes are defined as motorized scooters with a top speed of 25 km/h and weighing less than 40 kg. The ministry estimates there are 180,000 e-bikes in Taiwan. The regulations will also be applied to tourists who rent e-bikes, particularly in Kenting.
The ministry’s deputy director 長王穆 said that the number of e-bikes in Taiwan has been increasing, and some people have modified the bikes to increase speeds to over 40 km/h, which has led to an increase in accidents. There have also been complaints that some riders don’t follow traffic rules.