Taipei, Drivers who fail to give way to visually impaired pedestrians will face a stiff fine after the Legislative Yuan on Friday passed an amendment to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act.
Under the revision, drivers who do not yield to visually impaired pedestrians with a cane or a guide dog at crosswalks or when making turns will be subject to fines of NT$2,400 to NT$7,200 (US$233).
The Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act did not previously stipulate specific penalties related to the visually impaired, but set a standard fine of NT$1,200 to NT$3,600 for drivers who fail to yield to any pedestrian on a crosswalk.
Drivers of slow-moving vehicles, such as bicycles or human-powered vehicles with maximum speeds of 25 kilometers per hour, were also targeted in the amendment.
They will face a fine between NT$600 and NT$1,200, for failing to yield to pedestrians with a visual impairment at crosswalks or turns, double the standard NT$300-NT$600 fine for failing to yield to pedestrians.
At the same time, riders of slow-moving vehicles who cause injuries or deaths of visually impaired individuals when trying to give way to pedestrians will be fined between NT$1,200 and NT$2,400.
The amendment also mandated fines of NT$3,000 to NT$6,000 for people caught acting, filming movies, or holding competitions, banquets or performances on crosswalks.
Those who obstruct traffic and cause injuries to the public while engaged in such activities will see their fines double.
Legislator Wang Jung-chang of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party who proposed the amendments said the changes are meant to provide a safer environment for pedestrians in Taiwan in line with provisions in the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel