By: Ku Chuan and Chung Yu-chen
Taipei, March 28 (CNA) Old diesel vehicles will not be gradually phased out as long as
they meet the emissions standard set in the year of their manufacture, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced Thursday, following protests over an amendment last year that mandated tighter emissions standards.
Su made the announcement after the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) unveiled a new plan to tackle air pollution caused by diesel vehicles at the Executive Yuan that day.
For about 20,000 diesel vehicles that fail to meet emission standards, Su said, the cabinet has extended the subsidy for owners to purchase new, less-polluting vehicles, according to Executive Yuan spokesperson Kolas Yotaka.
EPA Deputy Minister Chang Tzi-chin (張子敬) noted that with the improvement in diesel quality, the sulfur level in diesel fuel has been reduced from 5,000 ppm to 10 ppm.