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Driving in Taiwan

Traffic drives on the right in Taiwan, and there is a good network of highways linking Taiwan's main cities and towns. Mountain roads can be steep and winding and may deteriorate after bad weather. It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in the front seats of cars.

The numbered highway system is very good in Taiwan. Most traffic signs are in international symbols, but many signs show names of places and streets in Chinese only. Nevertheless, almost all official directional signs will be written in both Chinese and English. However, the non-standardised Romanisation means that English names can vary between road signs, making it rather confusing. The highways are in excellent shape with toll stations around every 30 km (19 mi). Currently a car driver pays $40 when passing each toll station on a highway. Prepaid tickets may be purchased at most convenience stores and at the "cash" toll booths themselves, allowing faster passage and eliminating the need to count out exact change while driving.

Foreigners often find Taiwan driving styles somewhat chaotic, and traffic jams are common in the cities and on the main highways. It is against the law to drink and drive, and there is a progressive scale of heavy fines, depending on the breath alcohol concentration levels recorded.





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