Nov 29, 2017 Human Rights Comments Off on Taiwan to see all-electric transport by 2040: Transport Minister
Taiwan's transportation minister, Ho Chen Tan, faced tough questions at the legislature on Wednesday about Taiwan's projected date for phasing out gas and diesel powered vehicles. He initially declined to give a date.
But lawmaker Cheng Pao-ching said that France, the UK and Germany had already announced that they would stop the sale or use of gas and diesel powered vehicles by the year 2030 or 2040. China is also planning to prohibit the use of gas and diesel vehicles in more than 100 cities by 2030.
Ho Chen responded by saying that Taiwan's projected date for ushering in electric-only vehicles would be no later than 2040.
Meanwhile, the southern city of Kaohsiung has come up with a special initiative to cut down on air pollution caused by transportation emissions. The city will begin a three-month free public transportation program on December 1. The city chose winter to roll out the plan, because that's when air pollution is at its worst.
The plan, sponsored by Kaohsiung's Environmental Protection Bureau, is a first in Taiwan. It will be geared toward commuters taking the city's metro, buses and light rail.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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