Sat, Apr 09, 2011 - Page 3 News List

Lawmakers tackle idle engines, labor insurance premiums

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

The legislature yesterday backed a measure to punish drivers who leave their vehicles or motorcycles idling too long, one of several amendments or resolutions that cleared the floor yesterday.

Lawmakers approved an amendment to the Air Pollution Prevention Act (空氣污染防制法) that would impose fines of as much as NT$60,000 on drivers who leave their engine running for more than a specified period of time when not in use.

Environmental Protection Administration Deputy Minister Chiu Wen-yen (邱文彥) had said the anti-idling policy would come into force six months after the agency set a maximum period of time an engine can run idle in different places, based on similar policies in Taipei City, Greater Tainan, Greater Taichung and Hsinchu City.

Meanwhile, an amendment to the Labor Insurance Act (勞工保險條例) also cleared the floor, transferring the burden of premium subsidies from local governments to the central government in an effort to reduce the labor insurance system’s increasing deficit.

In the wake of a number of cases of employees dying from overwork, lawmakers also attached a resolution to the amendment requiring the Council of Labor Affairs to increase and enhance inspection in the workplace.

The legislature also approved an amendment to the Police Duties Enforcement Act (警察職權行使法) authorizing police to pay regular visits to individuals convicted of fraud, robbery or offenses against personal liberty after they have completed a prison sentence or are released on parole.

Lawmakers also enacted the Public Corporation Act (行政法人法) allowing the government to set up institutions — not subject to strict supervision of the legislature in terms of personnel appointments, as are ministries or other government agencies — to help recruit talented professionals and enhance governance efficiency.

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