Three differences in traffic regulation
高速公路路權 Rights to drive on highway
Taiwan is the land of two wheels. Even so, most bikes are under 250c.c. as only sub-250c.c. class bikes were allowed for many decades (trade regulation, protectionism...etc). Many Taiwanese haven't even seen large motorcycles on the road until the regulation was finally changed to allow big bikes to be imported and manufactured (Thanks WTO). Since bikes were generally seen as inferior and low performing than cars, the public and the government have concerns about possibly allowing motorcycles to go on the freeways despite the fact that a 250c.c. can easily outperform any vehicle on the road. America is a birthplace of many classic American motorcycles (well duh). And as more bikes are being imported to the competitive market in America, the performance and safety of the motorcycles improved year after year. There was never an issue with motorcycles having the same right as cars on road. We are all motorists after all. A bike is regarded as a car. The only difference is that only 150c.c. and above can go on freeway, and that's not to discriminate small bikes. It's simply a performance issue because 150c.c. can't sustain high speed over time on the highway. And then we have lane splitting which became legal in California recently
紅燈右轉 Right turn on red
In US, turning right on red light is permitted. The premise is to treat red light as a stop sign. A driver needs to stop before the red light at all times before he or she can proceed to turn right after checking that the intersection is clear. In Taiwan, turning right on red light is prohibited. It's meant to completely prevent right turning vehicle from possibly engaging the straight-going vehicle on the other side. No turn, no accidents.
行駛規範無分別 No special riding regulation
In US, it doesn't matter if you are riding a 50c.c. scooter or a big motorcycle. As long as it's a street legal vehicle, you are all treated the same. There's no special lane for motorcycles and definitely no hook turn requirements. The only special case is designated motorcycle parking spots in dense city. Parkings are hard to be found, so it makes sense to pack motorcycles together in the city. And now there's lane splitting, otherwise everything else is the same.
Three differences in riding habit
“停”標示的實用性 Stop sign and its effectiveness
My friend came to US one time and was perplexed to see everyone stopping at the stop sign. He was surprised that drivers were actually stopping completely for it. Taiwan also has the same stop sign, but people never stop at the sign. Some people don't even slow down. It's become a sign just for reference. People get mad if you actually stop at the stop sign as you might be slowing the traffic down.
右側超車 Passing on the right
As mentioned earlier, sub-250c.c. has designated driving lane, which is on the right side of the road. Worst yet, it's often prohibited to ride motorcycles on the inside lane. As a result, riders in Taiwan are weary of passing on the left even though that's the right way to pass. In US, passing on the right is a definite no-no, especially within the same lane. Besides getting a ticket for it, you could be asking for serious trouble as nobody in US expects a passing vehicle on the right. It's just an accident waiting to happen.
禮讓行人 Yield to pedestrians
Pedestrians are pushovers in Taiwan, whereas they are always yielded in America. Letting pedestrians go by gets the honk treatment from behind. People just don't have the patience to let pedestrians go. I guess that's why people are more aware of their surroundings in Taiwan?
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