MM: I don't think I claimed it was all Taipei drivers causing the trouble here. The locals here are awful drivers. I have no doubt that they're worse than Taipei drivers. Never the less, no one is waxing poetic about how Taidong City is rapidly becoming the Amsterdam of Asia. Everyone knows these guys are a bunch of bumpkins. I was saying that the tourists who come here are often dickheads. Not all, but enough. Also, Taoyuan and Xin Taibei are not exactly brilliant for driving. I lived in Taoyuan for a few years and used to regularly travel to Taipei by various means of transport. Absolute circus. I was back up there recently and it hadn't really changed.
I'm not buying it entirely with the MRT. Getting on or off normal trains is always fun, even in Taipei. Okay, maybe the people who can't queue and can't let passengers alight before shoving their way on are all visitors to Taipei. Can these people not transfer the skill of lining up for the MRT to lining up for the normal train?
Also, regarding education levels, I'm not buying that either. Everyone here has to do a driving test. The driving test contains both a written and practical part and they know it's both dangerous and illegal to run red lights and so on. If they don't, then they don't pass. The driving test is flawed, certainly, but at some level they learn that some driving manoeuvres are just bloody stupid. Besides which, it's just common bloody sense. That seems to be the thing lacking.
And you coming in to scold us all like some kind of sour-puss kindie assistant who favors olive cardigans and lemon drinks without sugar. -- Muzha Man
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