“No Drunk Driving” has become a public consensus. Regardless of nationality and whether or not an accident occurs, drunk driving is illegal. Besides a heavy administrative fine or fine, if criminal liability is involved, those who have committed drunk cycling will be jailed and lose their jobs. The Ministry of Labor (MOL) reminds employers and migrant workers to consider the consequences of drunk cycling and not challenge the law.
Besides being fined for violating the “Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act”, using any power vehicles under the influence of alcohol at a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.25mg/L is involved with the offense against public safety under the Criminal Act. Offenders will be fined or jailed. It is illegal with or without causing any accident.
The MOL further explained, electric bikes are the police’s current focus on drunk driving arrests. As using electric bikes does not require a driver’s license in Taiwan, and the price of the vehicle is comparative lower, electric bikes have become the best transportation for migrant workers in Taiwan. As migrant workers may not be familiar with Taiwan’s laws and regulations, and will visit friends, shop outside, or return to the dormitory after having some wine on holidays or after work, they are at risk of breaking the law if they are found drunk driving exceeding the BAC limit at a road block. Therefore, the MOL urges migrant workers to not cycle after drinking for own convenience to prevent losing their job and being fined.
In addition, the MOL may revoke their working permit and deport them according to the “Employment Service Act” with respect to the severity of drunk driving offence of individual cases. In this case, a migrant worker cannot work in Taiwan anymore. Furthermore, if well-trained migrant workers are deported for drunk driving, the current production or business operations of an employer will be affected. Therefore, the MOL urges employers to take better care of the life in Taiwan of migrant workers, remind them to not drink too much after work, and enhance the education of Taiwan’s road and traffic regulations. Employers should also remind migrant workers to not use power vehicles, such as the electric bike, after drinking. For migrant workers to work without worries in Taiwan and employers to enhance the education of Taiwan’s laws and regulations for migrant workers, the MOL has posted related pre-service training videos in different languages for employers to use on the Information Site of Foreign Worker Rights Defense (https://fw.wda.gov.tw/).