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YouBike to implement demerit system: Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Department of Transportation (DOT) of Taipei City announced yesterday that it will put into place a demerit system on users who improperly use the YouBike system starting on Jan.1, 2014, and violators who accumulate seven points will have their YouBike memberships cancelled permanently.

Wang Shang-wei (王聲威), commissioner of the DOT, said riding on an unapproved sidewalk and disobeying traffic rules are considered mild violations. Such a violation would result in a point being deducted as a warning. Membership will be suspended for two weeks as a result of three points being deducted, and for two months in the event a user loses five points, Wang said.

If malicious actions such as drunk riding or illegally occupying a YouBike occur, the DOT will cancel the violators' memberships as soon as these behaviors are reported. Citizens can report users' inappropriate actions by uploading pictures of the violations and the Youbike ID number to the Internet. Based on the reports, the DOT will trace the violators, Wang said. The DOT will also cooperate with the police to prohibit drunk riding, according to Wang.

Once a violation is identified, the DOT will inform the member via text message. The member will have seven days to appeal if they disagree with the judgment, Wang added.

The division chief of the DOT, Liu Chia-yu (劉嘉祐), also pointed out that authorities will enlarge the size of the ID numbers printed on Youbikes in order to make it easier to identify violators. Through the new regulation, the DOT hopes to create a friendlier environment for both cyclists and pedestrians in Taipei, Liu said.

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