Stricter fines will be imposed on speeding motorists while some low-income drivers will be allowed to pay their penalties in installments, according to a basket of legal revisions to the Road Traffic Management and Punishment Law (道路交通管理處罰條例) the Executive Yuan is scheduled to approve on Wednesday. \nUnder the changes, motorists would also be allowed to install electronic devices to detect speed traps. \n"Speeders will be seen as seriously violating the traffic code because they're running a devil of a risk, putting other people's life on the line and also their own," said a Cabinet official who asked not to be named. \nCurrently, motorists breaking the speed limit are subject to a fine of between NT$1,200 and NT$2,400. \nThe revisions, if passed, will put the punishment for speeding motorists on par with the penalty for reckless driving. \nAccording to the traffic laws, reckless motorists or those removing their mufflers are subject to a fine of between NT$6,000 and NT$24,000. \nIf the speeding involves two or more persons, a fine of between NT$30,000 and NT$90,000 is imposed on each of the motorists. On top of the fine, the driver's license would be revoked. \nAlthough the revisions will increase penalties on motorists caught speeding, some low-income offenders will enjoy more leeway when paying their fines. \nUnder the revisions, motorists in financial difficulties resulting from natural disasters or property losses would be eligible to pay their fines in installments. \nMotorists are required to pay their traffic fines within 15 days of getting the ticket. \nViolators can have the traffic penalty doubled, their car registration suspended or driver's license revoked. \nWhile traffic regulations impose a fine of between NT$1,200 and NT$2,400 on motorists installing equipment to detect radar devices and mandates the confiscation of such equipment, the revisions will abolish such a punishment. \nThe reason behind it, the official said, is to take into account the prevalence of advanced high-tech devices installed in motor vehicles such as satellite global-positioning systems. \nThe revisions would also specify that only those setting up vending booths on public roads that hinder the traffic flow and people would receive punishment. \n"In other words, those who obstruct traffic or pedestrian flow outside the public road areas would be spared because they would fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior," the official said. \nThe traffic code mandates that unauthorized individuals installing vending booths or drying belongings on public roads and refusing to move them are liable to a fine of between NT$300 and NT$600. \nAlso included in the revisions, amendments to 32 articles of the traffic law, are regulations to restrict holders of automobile driver's licenses from riding small motorbikes or scooters, and to relax the regulations for life-long driver's license bans. \nPeople holding an automobile driver's license that are caught riding a motorcycle or scooter with an engine size smaller than 50cc would be fined between NT$1,800 and NT$3,600. \nAt present, drivers causing someone's death because of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs can be banned from obtaining a driver's license for life. The revisions will reduce the sentence to a 12-year suspension of their driver's license. \nThe fine for making a right-turn on a red light would not be halved as originally proposed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications but instead would remain the same. \nThe fine for running a red light ranges from NT$1,800 to NT$5,400.
PRIORITY GROUPS: A line of people were waiting at the Good Liver Clinic, apparently to get shots, while the CECC announced more priority groups for jabs The Taipei-based Good Liver Clinic is to be fined NT$2 million (US$72,028) after giving free COVID-19 vaccine shots to people not in groups eligible to receive them, Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) said yesterday. The Zhongshan District (中山)-based clinic was removed from the city’s list of vaccination venues and health officials would be investigated for giving 1,113 doses to the clinic, Huang told an afternoon news conference at Taipei City Hall. The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) on Tuesday in an exclusive story citing an anonymous tip reported that a Taipei clinic was doling out unused vaccines. People in
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ROLLING OUT DOSES: The expansion aims to speed up Taiwan’s vaccination drive by making more Moderna jabs available to workers at hospitals, the CECC said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday expanded the eligibility for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to all healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers in the highest vaccine priority group. The center said that 75,000 doses of the vaccine — half of the first batch Taiwan has received — were on Wednesday distributed to hospitals across the nation with specialized COVID-19 rooms, negative pressure wards and testing services. Thus far, they had only been offered to frontline healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers at the designated hospitals, it said. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that the eligibility was