Vehicle Idling Regulations Relaxed

The EPA has announced revisions to Articles 4 and 5 of the Motor Vehicle Parking and Idling Management Regulations. In the future, owners of idling vehicles will not be fined when outdoor temperatures exceed 30°C or during rain showers. Large vehicles with passengers or taxis waiting to pick up passengers will also be exempt, as will vehicles from which people with limited mobility are embarking or disembarking. The revisions are intended to facilitate more effective enforcement of the regulations without impacting public health.

Since the Motor Vehicle Parking and Idling Management Regulations first came into effect on 1 June 2012, many opinions on what circumstances should qualify for exemption from the regulations have be put forward from all sections of society. After taking into account all of these suggestions, related regulations in neighboring countries, the nature of Taiwan’s climate, and also public opinion, the EPA decided to revise Article 4 of the regulations.

In addition to the exemption for taxis waiting to pick up passengers, in the interests of safety, idling school buses, minivans, coaches, and other large passenger vehicles that have passengers on board are also henceforth exempt. Owners of idling vehicles will not be fined when the highest outdoor temperature is forecast to exceed 30°C or during rain showers, nor will owners of vehicles from which people (not including the driver) are embarking or disembarking. There are also exemptions when work practices require the vehicle’s engine to idle. These include roadside rescue vehicles, vehicles for which diesel particulate filter manual regeneration requires that the engine idles, malfunctioning vehicles in which idling cannot be stopped, or any vehicle that is being used by government inspectors conducting inspections or tests in accordance with the law.

The “exceed 30°C” mentioned in the revision is defined as the highest temperature as forecast by the Central Weather Bureau, either after 5 pm the previous day or in any of the forecast updates on the day itself, for the city or county in which the vehicle in question is found to be idling.

 

Prepared by Environmental Policy Monthly, July 2013