Drivers to face fines for not yielding to blind pedestrians

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/03
By: Flor Wang and Liu Kuan-ting

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Drivers who fail to give way to visually impaired pedestrians will face

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a stiff fine after the Legislative Yuan on Friday passed an amendment to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act.

Under the revision, drivers who do not yield to visually impaired pedestrians with a cane or a guide dog at crosswalks or when making turns will be subject to fines of NT$2,400 to NT$7,200 (US$233).

The Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act did not previously stipulate specific penalties related to the visually impaired, but set a standard fine of NT$1,200 to NT$3,600 for drivers who fail to yield to any pedestrian on a crosswalk.

Drivers of slow-moving vehicles, such as bicycles or human-powered vehicles with maximum speeds of 25 kilometers per hour, were also targeted in the amendment.

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