The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday announced an amendment to new regulations stipulating that drivers who leave their vehicles idling on the side of the road will be fined, saying that the amendments contain exemptions pertaining to a number of situations, such as when the temperature is higher than 30oC.
Regulations came into force on June 1 that prohibit vehicles from idling in parking lots and on roads for more than three minutes.
Violators face fines of NT$5,000 for large vehicles, NT$3,000 for small vehicles and NT$1,500 for motorcycles.
When the regulation was promulgated by the EPA, it said the main purpose of the regulation was to protect people’s health by improving air quality while reducing fuel consumption.
However, the new regulations generated conflicting opinions over situations that should be excluded from the ban and the administration has opted to amend the regulation to better suit Taiwan’s climate and habits, the administration said.
New exemptions to the legislation include idling taxis that are waiting in line along roadsides, situations in which passengers are getting into or leaving a vehicle and when a vehicle is experiencing a mechanical malfunction.
In addition, vehicles carrying small children, sightseeing buses and large vehicles carrying passengers are also excluded from the regulation.
The EPA said that the detailed content of the amendment has been posted on its official Web site and that the administration is to hold public hearings in the future to collect more input to make the regulations more complete.