Lawmakers pass contentious pollution bill

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 27, 2018
By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Lawmakers on Monday night approved draft amendments to the Air Pollution Control Act (空氣污染防制法) that would grant local governments the right to set up air quality conservation zones, which would limit access by two-stroke scooters and diesel-fueled vehicles at designated times.

To improve regulation of mobile sources of air pollution — namely vehicles — local governments can delineate air quality conservation zones and bar or limit two-stroke scooters and diesel-fueled vehicles from entering the zones, one amendment says.

Contravening the rule would be punishable by a fine of between NT$500 and NT$60,000 (US$16.44 and US$1,973), it says.

Another amendment stipulates that the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) can introduce rules to tighten regulation of vehicles that are at least 10 years old after assessing the air quality in an area, and it can levy a fine of between NT$3,000 and NT$60,000 for vehicles whose emissions checks are at least six months overdue.    [FULL  STORY]

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