The News Lens
By: ZiQing Low
Amendments to the Highway Act that would increase maximum fines against Uber and
allow the government to stop Uber’s operations in Taiwan have passed the third reading at the Legislative Yuan today, state-run Central News Agency reports. The amendments would increase the fines against “illegal transport operators” from NT$50,000 to NT$150,000 (US$1,500 to US$4,600) to NT$100,000 to NT$25,000,000 (US$3,100 to US$780,000).
The Ministry of Transportation said that amendments to separate articles within the act would take up to six months, and that the new penalties against Uber would not come into effect until mid-2017. The amendments also include a reward for members of the public who report Uber drivers. [FULL STORY]