Taipei-Transportation authorities have decided to increase the penalty for vehicles that stop within 10 meters of a bus stop, in an effort to protect the safety of bus passengers.
Under the existing Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act, anyone violating the rule is subject to a fine ranging from NT$600 (US$20.26) to NT$1,200.
The regulations detailing the penalties further stipulate that the fine for motorcycle riders is between NT$600 and NT$900, with truck drivers subject to the maximum penalty of NT$1,200.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications released notification Tuesday that the minimum penalty for motorcycle riders and motorists who stop within 10 meters of a bus stop will be raised to NT$900 for motorcycle riders and NT$1,200 for motorists.
The adjustment was decided upon after it was found that the existing punishment has failed to efficiently stop motorcycle riders and car drivers from parking or stopping close to bus stops, causing a safety hazard for bus passengers getting on and off buses, the ministry said.
The new rule is expected to take effect after the Feb. 15-20 Lunar New Year holiday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel