By: Central News Agency
Taipei, June 10 (CNA) The Taipei city government said Friday that in order to help reduce air pollution and cut carbon emissions, any further purchases or leasing of motorcycles to be used for public affairs will be restricted solely to electricity-powered machines.
The policy, which has won the approval of Mayor Ko Wen-je, was brought up in the hope that it will encourage people to opt for electric scooters and help boost life quality in Taipei, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement released Friday.
The number of registered electric motorcycles in Taipei was 5,713 in 2015, up from 4,119 in 2014 and 3,831 in 2013. Although there are more and more green motorcycles in the city, they only accounted for 0.6 percent of the total in 2015, the statement said.
As for the number of motorcycles being used by government units and public schools in Taipei, only 44 out of 2,258, or 2 percent, were electric scooters last year, the statement added. [FULL STORY]