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No license tax for electric vehicles until 2018

An amendment to the Vehicle License Tax Act cleared the Legislature yesterday, meaning local governments will not exact license tax on electric vehicles for another three years.

  With the new regulation, tax exemption for electric vehicles has been set until January 5, 2018, said Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群).

  The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said the amendment was proposed in the wake of the green energy trend that is increasingly adopted in the international community. The MOF deemed it necessary to assist the electricity-powered vehicles industry because of the importance of cultivating a sustainable environment.

  The government is striving to encourage green energy more universally. It plans to replace 6,700 diesel-powered buses currently in operation in Taiwan over the next 10 years. About a hundred electricity-powered buses are already operating on the road, according to local news sources.

  Conservation is regarded as being highly important across government agencies. The Ministry of Economic Affairs is investing NT$1 billion over a three-year period, while the Environmental Protection Administration has a budget of NT$9 billion for conservation purposes.

May 30, 2014    kingsolomon@
The government should start phasing out smoke belching, polluting, two-stroke scooters and motorcycles or they could relegate these polluters to the countryside to lessen air pollution in cities.
June 2, 2014    miller.henry641@
Ridiculous pandering.
These are vehicles using the streets and should be treated as any other vehicle using the public streets.
As to "green" ...also ridiculous. Where do these people think the electricity is coming from? A magic yellow duck?

Also, from what I have seen, it appears no operators license or testing is required for these 'urban stealth' vehicles. Someone should notify these operators that they must observe the same traffic laws (a joke I know) as others on the roadways.
June 3, 2014    curtisakbar@
How about require all vehicles to have catalytic converters? If the aim is to encourage green vehicles, then why tax them?

I had an electric scooter in Taiwan, it was crap. I brought it brand new and sold it a year later for a huge loss. I only used it for commuting to work, a 5 minute drive and every week I had to recharge it despite the claim it could go 40kms. Also, to recharge took hours, very annoying! Fix the technology and have recharge points, or battery exchange stations then maybe electric vehicles could be a suitable alternative.
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