EPA to impose stiffer fines for polluting vehicles
Jan 09, 2017GeneralComments Off on EPA to impose stiffer fines for polluting vehicles
Vehicles failing to pass their emission tests will face heftier fines beginning later this year, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) announced Monday.
The bigger fines are guided by the government's amended "Vehicular Air Pollutant Emission Standards," which stipulate that motorcycles and cars that fail their first mandatory air pollution emissions test will be fined NT$12,000 (US$374.2) and NT$24,000, respectively.
Vehicle owners can be fined double or triple that amount if their cars fail to pass second and third inspection tests within a year, the EPA said.
Prior to the amended standard, motorcycle and car owners were only subject to a maximum "one-time" fine of NT$6,000 and NT$12,000, respectively, if their vehicles failed to pass the emissions test.
These tighter inspections will be carried out as part of the government's efforts to lower air pollution levels from motorized vehicles.
The EPA said it plans to hold a public hearing to discuss the implementation of the amended standards in the second half of this year.