Owners of large-engine motorcycles took their complaints to the streets again yesterday, in spite of the fact that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced this week that their motorbikes can be operated on expressways starting in November.
Following a demonstration in April, the ministry said motorists would be permitted to operate large-engine motorcycles on expressways as soon as this month.
The ministry later announced that the policy would not take effect until near the end of the year.
The announcement has upset motorcycle enthusiasts, who said they would take to the expressways on their bikes before November despite the ongoing ban.
More than 1,000 motorists gathered in the Guandu Temple parking lot in Taipei yesterday morning to show their frustration with what they called slow progress in amending the Road Traffic Management and Punishment Law (
Yesterday's event drew the attention of the Directorate-General of Highways, as well as the National Police Administration (NPA). Both dispatched representatives to meet the protesters and discuss their grievances.
Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General of Highways Chen Chun-hsiung (
Ho Kuo-rong (
In addition, license plates must be mounted on the front and back of motorcycles to make them more easily visible for police.
As many motorcyclists have complained about the difficulty of mounting a license plate on the front of a motorcycle, Ho said that the administration would let motorists make their own license plates. Motorists may use either soft or hard materials and the license plate numbers may be written either horizontally or vertically. The license plate must be 18cm long and 8cm wide.