Taiwanese man designs dummy passenger to bypass carpool restrictions

To bypass HOV regulations, a social media user shared his attempt to fashion a dummy into an additional 'passenger'.
PHOTO: Facebook/爆廢1公社

TAIPEI  — During long weekends or on certain holidays, Taiwan police may impose “High Occupancy Vehicle” (HOV)  regulations at certain times of the day to prevent vehicles with too few passengers from heading onto the highway. This is done in a bid to control the traffic flow.

A netizen, however, came up with an ingenious idea to use clothing, face masks and other props to create an extra “passenger” in his car and successfully evade police restrictions.

The social media user posted two photos on Facebook which showed a 'passenger' sound asleep in the backseat of the car, with a hoodie pulled over its mask-covered face and both hands stuffed in the pockets of its jacket.

The Facebook user went on to explain that he created the dummy while on a trip and needed one more passenger to bypass HOV restrictions, which surprisingly passed inspection.

The photos quickly went viral, though some social media users pointed out that as the 'passenger' apparently didn’t fasten his seatbelt, the driver may still be fined.

Another netizen warned others that someone he knew tried to pull off the same trick, only to receive a fine for his attempt to fool the officers.

Others added that the stunt violates traffic regulations and anyone caught could be fined between NT$600 (S$28.32) and NT$1,200 for the offence.