It has been reported that playing Pokemon GO is banned in Taipei Metro stations. This is patently false. Taipei Metro merely warned that:
[T]he Mass Rapid Transit Act allows a fine of NT$1,500-$7,500 against passengers who pose a safety risk to themselves or others.
Playing Pokemon GO is still allowed as long as one does not jeopardize the safety of oneself or others. The monetary figure cited above is from Article 5o of the Act, which also lists the prohibited actions:
1. The offender or driver will be subject to a fine of more than NT$1,500 and less than NT$7,500 in any of the following situations:
(1) Climbing onto, jumping off, or hanging over a moving train.
(2) Obstructing train doors or platform doors from closing, or opening them without permission.
(3) Non-mass rapid transit system personnel or vehicles that violate the second paragraph of Article 44 by trespassing on mass rapid transit tracks, bridges, tunnels or mass rapid transit premises not open to public access.
(4) Avoiding ticket procedures or use improper methods to enter/exit stations or get on/off trains.
(5) Refusing ticket checks conducted by mass rapid transit personnels or hindering their the performance of their duty.
(6) Remaining in the carriage when the train is not in service and disregarding requests to leave.
(7) Raising funds, distributing or posting advertisements, peddling goods, or conducting other commercial activities within carriages or stations without permission.
(8) Bringing animals into mass rapid transit stations or carriages without permission
(9) Drinking, eating, chewing gum or betel nut ; spitting phlegm or betel nut juice; littering with cigarette butts, gum, food waste or other rubbish within the restriction areas of a mass rapid transit system.
(10) Hindering other passengers from passing through or using station entrances/exits, ticket-reading gates, ticket vending machines, escalators or other passages, and disregarding the requests to leave.
(11) Loitering in station concourses or platform areas for purposes other than taking trains, thereby hindering other passengers from passing and disregarding the requests to leave
(12) Lying down on train or platform seats and disregarding the warnings
(13) Operating stalls, putting up canopies, or organizing banquets within the mass rapid transit system premises without permission
(14) Behaviors such as playing on the platform, crossing yellow warning lines, or not complying with the directions by walking or running on the escalator, or affecting the operation order and operation safety without permission
2. Persons who commit any of the violations listed in the preceding paragraph shall be forced to leave mass rapid transit system premises by the joint force of mass rapid transit system personnels and police. No refund will be made on fares for uncovered journeys.
There is a notable caveat. Children under 14 cannot be fined per Taipei City regulations. So, play away, kids!
It does appear from news sources, however, that the Taiwan Railways Administration, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp, and the Civil Aeronautics Administration have banned the game in train stations, carriages, and airports. The legality of these agencies unilaterally singling out and banning a game, or even a type of game (augmented reality games) may be dubious, as this may be bordering on violations of free expression rights. What’s next, banning particular apps because of the messages they contain? Where does it stop? Do we trust these bureaucrats to make the decision? I really hope people who are told to stop playing Pokemon GO at train stations, high speed rail stations, or airports demand to be ticketed so this can be reviewed by the courts.