Want China Times
Taipei’s “1999 citizen hotline” has launched a free interpretation service for taxi
drivers who have problems communicating with foreign passengers, the Taipei City government said Friday.
The interpretation service, which gives translations from English and Japanese to Mandarin, started May 22 and is being provided on a trial basis until the end of the year, the city government said.
It said a Korean to Mandarin interpretation service is also available via the service hotline of the Tourism Bureau.
1999 is the round-the-clock toll-free (except when calling from a pay phone or using a pre-paid cell phone) number in Taipei and several other cities and counties around Taiwan generally for citizens to report noises and other disorderly incidents, air grievances or make suggestions to the authorities. [FULL STORY]