Sat, May 10, 2008 - Page 2 News List

Commissioners slammed over city parking spots

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City councilors lambasted the Taipei City Government for indulging council officials and allowing them to occupy public parking spaces, demanding the city government look into the issue and take action if any negligence is discovered.

Taipei City’s Laws and Regulations Commission chief Yeh Chin-yuan (葉慶元), Commissioner of Labor Affairs Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴), Commissioner of the Environmental Protection Department Chen Hsiung-wen (陳雄文) and Commissioner of Compulsory Military Service Chu Yea-Hu (朱亞虎) have had reserved parking spaces in Taipei City’s Hakka Affairs Center’s parking lot since last year.

The lot has 19 parking spots and is open for public parking from 7pm and 8am, DPP Taipei City Councilor Lee Ching-feng (李慶鋒) said.

Lee showed pictures of Yeh’s car parked in the same spot even during office hours, condemning the officer for abuse of power.

“Yeh leaves his car in the same spot for days and apparently the spot is reserved for him. This is not just negligence. The city government is indulging its top-level officers and allowing them to abuse their power,” Lee said yesterday during a question-and-answer session at the Taipei City Council.

Liu Chih-hsiung (劉智雄), commissioner of Taipei City’s Hakka Affairs Department, acknowledged that the department gave parking lot remote controls to the four department chiefs for their convenience, but denied reserving spots for them.

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