Taichung plays down 2021 plan to forbid motorcycles
The China Post news staff
December 29, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taichung City government yesterday played down concerns over a newly passed rule banning gasoline motorcycles in specific zones of the city.
Taichung Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun said the new rule, which will be implemented in 2021, is looking to ban gasoline motorcycles only in certain remote communities, pedestrian zones and some crowded shopping areas.
When the rule was adopted earlier this month, some citizens expressed concerns that such a measure would cause transport inconveniences.
Tsai said the central city is stepping up efforts to improve its public transport systems. Its mass rapid transit railway and bus rapid transit systems will be already in service before the gasoline bike ban takes effect, he said.
Tsai said the number of gasoline motorcycles in Taiwan is far higher than those in developed countries, and they are a major source of air pollution.
Electric bikes are becoming more popular and Taichung has plans to promote them, the deputy mayor said, adding the government is looking to subsidize purchases of electric motorcycles.