By: Wu Hsin-yun and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, April 17 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Monday that it
will increase a surcharge on diesel and gasoline by the end of 2017 to raise a fund that could accelerate the phasing out of older diesel trucks, one of the major mobile air pollution sources in Taiwan.
Surcharges will increase from NT$0.2 (US$0.006) to NT$0.4 per liter on diesel and from NT$0.2 to NT$0.3 per liter on gasoline, the EPA said.
The move could add NT$1.9 billion per year to the existing fund of NT$20 billion, which will be used for subsidies to encourage the phasing out of older diesel trucks, defined as those produced before July 1999, according to the agency.
The EPA encourages the speedy reduction of high-polluting trucks, saying last month that subsidies for each replacement of such vehicles will be NT$200,000 in 2018 and NT$150,000 in 2019. [FULL STORY]