Sep 01, 2019 Government & Politics Comments Off on New government policies go into effect on smoking, subsidies
Taipei-Taiwan began implementing a number of new government policies and measures Sunday, including a ban on smoking under covered walkways outside several convenience stores and coffee shop chains in New Taipei and Taipei.
Stores covered by the ban are 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Hi-Life, OK Mart, Simple Mart, Starbucks, 85C, Louisa Coffee, Mr. Brown, Dante, Ikari, Barista, Cama, Crown and Fancy and Peter Better.
Under the ban, anyone caught smoking under these covered walkways in front of outlets of the 15 chains will be subject to fines ranging between NT$2,000 (US$63.8) and NT$10,000.
Also from Sunday, Taipei senior courtesy cards can be used at the city's 12 district sports centers.
The card has a NT$480 monthly quota for people aged 65 or older that they can use on public transport and for entrance fees to various municipal exhibitions and public facilities.
Cardholders can use the quota to pay up to NT$50 per visit to use facilities at the city's sports centers such as swimming pools for NT$50 or two hours at the gym for NT$25.
Also in Taipei, parents can now receive a monthly subsidy of NT$2,500-NT$4,000 in addition to the national monthly subsidy of NT$2,500 for each child aged 2-3 under the care of public, semi- public preschools or contracted babysitters, while an additional NT$2,000-NT$3,000 will be granted to parents who send their children to ordinary babysitters.
Meanwhile, point-to-point speed measurement came into effect in Taipei's Tzu Chiang Tunnel Sunday, with those driving at over 60 kilometers per hour in the tunnel facing fines of between NT$1,600 and NT$24,000, depending on their speed.
As of 9 a.m., 103 speeding tickets had been issued, according to the Taipei City Police Department.
Also Sunday, trains on the Danhai Light Rail Transit system began running more frequently during peak travel hours, with trains departing from Hongshulin Station every 12 minutes instead of every 15 minutes during the 3 p.m.-8 p.m. period daily.
Meanwhile, New Taipei began to charge for using public parking spaces for electric cars and scooters.
Also starting that day, those signing up for motorcycle license tests now have to first take a hazard perception test before their applications for tests are considered completed.
The Tourism Bureau's fall and winter domestic travel subsidy program also began Sunday and will run through December.
Under the subsidization program, tour groups as well as individuals visiting any of the towns recommended by the bureau will be subsidized. Independent travelers will receive NT$1,000 per hotel room, provided they travel between Sunday and Friday.
Starting from September, the government is offering monthly rent subsidies ranging from NT$2,600-NT$5,000 to single citizens between the ages of 20 and 40, couples who have been married for less than two years, and families with dependent children, with those who earn less than 2.5 times the government-specified lowest cost of living eligible to apply for the subsidies.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel