City to implement ‘low emission zones’ next year
By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The city government’s Department of Environmental Protection plans to ban
the circulation of two-stroke scooters in Taipei by 2019 and to implement a “low emission zone” next year whereby old rusty vehicles that spew black exhaust fumes will be forbidden in certain designated roads, reports said Thursday.
“Stiffer regulations will be carried out as part of our efforts to lower air pollution levels in Taipei,” department commissioner Liou Ming-lone said, adding that it will also work with governments in Keelung, New Taipei and Taoyuan for a joint effort to improve air quality.
The plan is to reduce PM2.5 pollutants to 15 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) by 2020, and eventually achieve the 12µg/m3 by 2023 as imposed in the United States, Liou said.
“The low emission zone will also encompass bus lanes.”