Taipei: Travelers entering Taiwan from locations subject to mandatory home quarantine regulations from March 4 will be required to use a new "epidemic prevention transport service" instead of public transportation, with fines of between NT$100,000 (US$3,334) and NT$1 million set to take effect March 11 for violators.
In a Facebook post Monday, Transportation Minister Lin Chia lung (???) said the service is aimed at accommodating the roughly 1,000 travelers arriving daily from China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Italy and Iran, who are required to undergo 14 day home quarantine.
Subtracting travelers who are picked up by family members or friends, around 600 people per day require transportation to their home quarantine locations, the vast majority of whom arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Lin said.
At a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) press conference on Tuesday, Yeh Hsieh lung (???), director of the Department of Aviation and Navigation, explained that the service will be launched on Wednesday, and that following a one week trial period, travelers who take public transportation to their quarantine locations will face fines of NT$100,000 NT$1 million.
According to Yeh, the government has contracted the services of 1,200 taxis operating out of Songshan International Airport, 600 at Taoyuan International Airport and 413 at Kaohsiung International Airport, as well as 40 Taoyuan based drivers.
Travelers using the service will be required to wear a face mask and gloves and to keep windows open during the journey. The taxis, meanwhile, will be issued with rubbing alcohol for the driver and passengers, while vehicle sanitation costs will be covered by the government, Yeh said.
In terms of expense, short distance trips defined as those within the taxi company's service range will be priced according to the meter, Yeh said.
Long distance trips, meanwhile, will be operated by drivers for hire out of Taoyuan Airport, and will charge twice the amount of a High Speed Rail (HSR) ticket to respective destinations, Yeh said.
For long distance destinations without HSR services, pricing will be based on an HSR journey of a similar distance, Yeh said.
In advance of the program's launch, Yeh said the Transportation Ministry has coordinated with participating airports on arrival and pick up procedures, as well as employee training.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel