Taiwan drivers licences recognized in Prince Edward Island

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Drivers from Taiwan can now obtain a Prince Edward Island driver’s licence without taking a written test or road exam.

“Being able to drive is a critical part of adjusting to life in a new location,” said Transportation Minister Robert Vessey.

“Removing some of the barriers to driving in Prince Edward Island should help more of our international residents settle in to their adopted home.”

Taiwanese drivers still must take a vision test, pay the appropriate fees and provide sufficient documentation.

The licence they receive is a Class 5, which is good for operating passenger vehicles.

Full-time university or college students may still use their foreign driver’s licence but must also have an International Driver’s Permit if their home country’s licence is not in English or French.

Taiwan is one of 10 foreign nations whose driver’s licences are recognized by Prince Edward Island. The others are the United States, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, South Korea, Japan, and Switzerland.

Drivers from elsewhere in Canada can also obtain a provincial driver’s license without a written or road test.

Organizations: Class 5

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Taiwan, United States Austria Germany United Kingdom Australia France South Korea Japan Switzerland Canada

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  • pei
    December 15, 2013 - 14:04

    cannot imagine how it could be any different then how people drive on this island. cut people off. no signal lights. cutting across lanes without looking and speeding up when someone tries to pass and even turning into outside lanes etc. etc. terrible

  • Fed up
    December 15, 2013 - 10:50

    This makes NO sense at all. Different countries have different rules! WE have to take a written and driving test to drive in our own province....but, hey, move here from another country and drive away! In England they drive on the left...makes SOMUCH SENSE to let these drivers behind a wheel without seeing if they can drive.....just another idiotic Liberal decision! They draw on taxes from gas...so let them all drive. Remember the accident out Dunstaffnage years ago? Someone from England got off the plane, rented a car, and proceeded to drive on our highway...ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!! Came around a corner....head-on collision! One of these days our Provincial government needs some wake-up calls!

    • Sarahsaurus Rex
      December 15, 2013 - 16:39

      I don't see how this is confusing to you. Immigrants and tourists without drivers licenses don't just turn up and start driving in PEI. They already have a drivers license from their home country. Even more, their country of origin has been looked by the PEI government and deemed to have sufficiently similar laws and rules that would allow them to drive safely here. Otherwise, how would PEI do if none of it's tourists were able to rent cars? How is a Taiwanese tourist driving around PEI taking pictures of cows any different than a Taiwanese immigrant?

    • crawl back in your hole
      December 15, 2013 - 18:11

      Hey ''Fed Up'' - stop posting from your momma's basement and just go back to bed. Deep breaths. Deep Breaths.

  • courteous
    December 15, 2013 - 10:42

    i notice asian drivers are less bullish than natives

  • Vin
    December 15, 2013 - 10:26

    Hoo boy, looks like Grand Theft Auto: PEI will be out sooner than expected.

    December 15, 2013 - 10:15

    It really doesn't matter here if you know a how to drive or not. I know of one instance where a 92 years old person went in to have their licence renewed. This person was aided to get to the counter and the only question asked was DO YOU HAVE THE MONEY FOR THE RENEWAL.

  • Bill
    December 15, 2013 - 08:11

    I do not agree with this, different countries have different rules and customs. Allowing people from countries that are different in customs and regulation to just come and rent a car is only going to make our roads more deadly than they already are. There needs to be a transitional course for them to take in order to be able to respect local customs and safety practices. This is getting scarey.

    • Simple "Solution" to Complex Problem
      December 15, 2013 - 10:06

      I'm glad my licence is valid in their countries! We have idiot drivers all over the world, it's not the licence that makes people competent, it's common sense, skillful/defensive driving and some experience. What we do need is compulsory GPS units that track the driving habits of new drivers (+ new to country) to see if their (my) driving is consistent with accepted practice and regulations. The technology exists, it's cheaper than a set of seat belts, we should use it. No?

  • Tired of simple push-out information?
    December 15, 2013 - 06:19

    Out of curiosity, as an Islander are our driver's licences recognized in United States, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, South Korea, Japan, and Switzerland? Also, I used my licence in Central America and Mexico and it was recognized in those countries; are their licences recognized here? It would be great if a journalists raised and answered these questions - or some official from the Department of Transportation. Is is possible that what we need are forms for interactive conversations on issues, not just mediums that push out stories?

    • mike
      December 15, 2013 - 10:25

      now go to youtube and watch the driving videos from taiwan