The Taipei County Government will enforce a new measure from Jan. 1 banning gravel trucks from other cities and counties from transiting county roads, while allowing locally based dump trucks to use the roads only during off-peak hours.
The new measure was mapped out after tourism industry workers in Yingge Township (
Yingge, a township that relies heavily on tourism for its prosperity, is well-known in Taiwan for its ceramics technology and production.
The Yingge Ceramics Museum has an ambitious plan to put Yingge on the world map as a town that produces high-grade ceramics.
Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) visited the town last Sunday to gauge the problem of gravel truck traffic.
At a meeting yesterday with county government officials, police chiefs and leaders of tourism-related businesses, Chou adopted a measure proposed by Lin Chung-chang (林重昌), head of the county's Transportation Bureau, that sand and gravel trucks from other cities and counties should transit Taipei County only on national roads and that locally based dump trucks should be restricted from using county roads during rush hours and holidays.
The new measure is expected to be sanctioned by the county government's road safety supervisory group before being promulgated by Jan. 1 for implementation.
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