Wed, Mar 30, 2011 - Page 3 News List

Convenience stores now allowed to sell local flight tickets

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

The legislature yesterday approved an amendment to the Act for the Development of Tourism (發展觀光條例) that will allow people to buy domestic air and boat tickets at convenience stores and post offices nationwide.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Tsao Erh-chang (曹爾忠) hailed the passage of the bill, saying it would save residents of outlying islands the trouble of buying tickets at airports or travel agencies, which are usually some distance from their homes.

Tsao initiated the amendment following a case in which Uni Air was found to have violated the act by allowing residents of Matsu to purchase plane tickets at convenience stores.

The legislature also approved an amendment to the Agriculture Finance Act (農業金融法) allowing the Agricultural Bank of Taiwan, the credit department of farmers’ and fishermen’s associations, to issue credit cards.

KMT Legislator Hsiao Ching-tien (蕭景田) said the revision would benefit residents in rural and remote areas by making it possible for them to apply for credit cards at nearby agricultural or fishermen’s associations, with applications to be reviewed by the bank.

Also approved by the legislature was an amendment to the Preschool Education Act (幼稚教育法) allocating more funds for the Ministry of Education to hire more teachers to look after children in kindergarten.

Under the current system, a kindergarten school can apply for a subsidy for a teacher with a class of 30 children. After the revision, the ministry will be able to offer subsidies for two teachers in a kindergarten in a class which has more than 15 students and fewer than 30.

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