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Light rail right-of-way amendment passes review

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Drivers failing to yield to light rail trains may face fines after an amendment to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act (道路交通管理處罰條例) passed its preliminary review at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday.

Michael Tsao (趙晉瑋), a section head at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Department of Railways and Highways, said the amendment was proposed because Kaohsiung is scheduled to launch the nation’s first light-rail system in August, which will share the city’s roads with cars, motorcycles and other vehicles.

The same regulations would apply to light rail systems built in other cities and counties in the future, he said.

On of the main points in the amendment is that light rail trains have right of way when they are operated in an area shared with other vehicles, Tsao added.

If the amendment is passed by the Legislative Yuan, Tsao said drivers or motorcyclists running a red light in a light rail passing intersection are to be fined between NT$3,600 and NT$10,400, twice as much as the current fine for a regular intersection.

Meanwhile, those making a right turn under a red light in the same intersection would also face a higher fine, from between NT$600 and NT$1,800 to between NT$1,800 and NT$5,400.

Tsao said that the amendment aims to address other issues as well. He said that drivers failing to yield to fire trucks, ambulances, police cars or other rescue vehicles upon hearing sirens would face a penalty of NT$3,600 and have their driver’s license revoked.

Currently, drivers failing to pull over to make way for a fire truck on duty are fined between NT$600 and NT$1,800 and have their driver’s licenses suspended for three months.

Since one-third of accidents on railway crossings over the past four years have been caused by pedestrians crossing the tracks without following the signals, Tsao said that the amendment also raises the penalty for pedestrians illegally crossing rail tracks from NT$1,200 to NT$2,400.

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