Transportation researchers on Thursday criticized giving sales tax breaks to motorcycle and car buyers, saying it was confusing the public about the government’s public transportation policy.
The legislature’s Finance Committee approved on Monday an amendment to Section 1 of Article 12 in the Commodity Tax Act (貨物稅條例). Those purchasing passenger and cargo motor vehicles that are below 2,000 cylinder capacity this year are entitled to a sales tax break of NT$30,000 per vehicle. Motorcycle buyers also get a sales tax break of NT$3,000.
Chang Sheng-hsiung (張勝雄), an assistant professor at Tamkang University’s Transportation Management Department, said the government had asked the public to conserve energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions when oil prices were skyrocketing last summer. Because of this, public transportation users increased by 30 percent around that time.
However, the government did not enforce the same policy when oil prices slid toward the end of last year and instead chose to subsidize car and motorcycle buyers.
“Every year, the government has to give public transportation service providers approximately NT$800 million [US$24.1 million] in subsidies to help fund their operations, which has already been a burden to the nation,” he said at a seminar organized by the Taipei Traffic and Culture Foundation.
“But the government now wants to spend NT$9 billion funding the car buyers. You wonder what the government’s public transportation policy is, exactly,” Chang said.
Huang Tai-sheng (黃台生), an ssociate professor at the institute of traffic and transportation at National Chiao Tung University, told the same seminar that rising oil prices led to huge financial losses for the transportation sector.
As oil prices are expected to fluctuate more frequently than before, the government has to be aware of its impact on the public transportation industry and how it affects consumers, he said.
A survey of young Taiwanese showed that only 36.5 percent of men and 19.6 percent of women believe marriage is important, a trend that academics say is key to the nation’s low birthrate. Yang Wen-shan (楊文山), an adjunct research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Sociology, yesterday announced the 12th round of results from a longitudinal survey of attitudes among young Taiwanese toward markers of adulthood. While few of the respondents, who were aged 28 to 32 when surveyed in 2017, found marriage to be important, 95.8 percent believed that being responsible for oneself should take precedence, data showed. Economic independence came in
SHRINKING FEMALE POPULATION: Last year, 107.74 boys were born for every 100 girls in Taiwan, which is a greater gender imbalance than in Japan and South Korea The Ministry of the Interior recorded 9,601 births in January, the first time the nation has produced fewer than 10,000 newborns in a single month, while different indicators showed that Taiwan might also be facing a population with increasingly fewer births, women and marriages. It comes after the ministry reported a record low 165,249 births last year, which was lower than the 173,156 deaths recorded last year. The nation experienced negative population growth for the first time last year, ministry data found. The number of births in January also dropped from a year earlier, when there were 12,510 births. In February, there were
The Hualien District Prosecutors’ Office has listed six people as suspects in a judicial investigation into a fatal train crash on Friday last week. Fifty people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the Taroko Express No. 408 train slammed into a crane truck that had slid onto the tracks near the entrance of Cingshuei Tunnel (清水隧道) in Hualien’s Sioulin Township (秀林). The office also summoned six officials at the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) Hualien Engineering Section for questioning about alleged illegal business operations and unsafe work conditions by Yi Hsiang Industry Co and Tung Hsin Construction Co, the two
KEEPING FOCUSED: Premier Su Tseng-chang was said to have commended Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung, but said the tragedy takes priority Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) has submitted a verbal resignation in the wake of the Taroko Express No. 408 train crash two days ago, Executive Yuan spokesman Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成) said yesterday. In a call, Lin told Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) that he wished to step down, to take responsibility for the deadliest accident involving a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) train in 40 years. As of press time last night, the Hualien District Prosecutors’ Office had revised the death toll from 51, which had been reported on the previous day, to 50, after DNA testing showed that what had