If you don't have an ARC you can't
* register a sccoter in your name
* get a Taiwan driving license
* get insurance
Even if you get a friend to do it, problems can still arise
Police stop you ..where's you reg?.. Here it is officer(they can speak english and going I don't understand doesn't work with them)..where's you license?.. No license..where's your ARC?..no ARC.. trouble ahead for you
6000NTD fine for no license..and I think they would be curious about the lack of an ARC unless you had your passport with a visitor visa.. jsut don't let them see the english teaching books hanging out of your bag
If you are in an accident without a license you are fully liable
You don't have to change the reg.. as long as the bikes reg is up to date and it is insured, with you having a license, you are ok.
I had a bike and it was in my friend's name... when I wanted it re-registered I just went and got insurance and then went to the desk at the place on Ba De Rd near Guang Fu and got the bike re-registered.
It doesn't matter if you friend has left Taiwan and doesn't have an ARC. The last time I checked you don't have to have an ARC to buy and own something in Taiwan. I was in Taiwan for a while without an ARC and never got refused at the 711 when I was buying chocolate. Police tend to check reg to ensure the bike is not stolen or when Mayer Ma wants to purchase some new silk ties and not cut into the ity budget.
Try and get an international driving license from your home country, and remember a car license is not a bike license, but would this work in an accident, probably not.
My advice is to get yourself an ARC sooner than later, if you do you can avoid potential serious/expensive problems later