Police can technically fine drivers for handheld phone use while driving. Over 63,000 drivers were issued citations in 2021 alone.
The police officer gestures at the driver to pull over. The driver immediately drops his phone.
Police Officer: “I was waiting to make a turn when I saw you using your phone. You were still talking when I got here.”
This scooter driver was swiping on his phone while driving and failed to notice the police was right there. Drivers are not allowed to use their phones while driving whether they are holding their phone or their phone is in a cradle.
Citizen: “It's really difficult to deal with. Only delivery drivers use cradles because of the nature of their work.”
Citizen: “I think (people) should be (fined) because of safety reasons.”
Police issued 37,000, 77,000 and 63,000 citations for phone use while driving in, respectively, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Police say cradles aren't a guarantee of safety because drivers remain distracted. However, enforcement is an issue.
Huang Tsung-bin, Squadron Chief, Taipei City Police Traffic Division: “Current regulations focus more on handheld usage. It is more difficult to cite drivers that operate their phones while their phones are in cradles.”
There are also no fines or punishment for watching videos while driving. At the most, drivers are given a warning. Police say clearer regulations and punishment are needed, while drivers say fines would be excessive.