B. Taipei, Taiwan—The Taipei City Government has drafted regulations to curb
engine idling by motorists and motorcyclists in the capital city. The rules, pending
final approval by the city council, will take effect at the end of the month at the
To help improve air pollution and reduce carbon emissions, officials at the
city’s Bureau of Environmental Protection will give out tickets for NT$1,000 to
drivers of sedans, and NT$2,000 to drivers of large vehicles if their engines remain on
without moving for longer than three minutes.
Officials explained that the measure is more aimed at persuading people not to
idle their engines for too long than fining them.
Timing of the engine idling will start only after the drives refuse to heed advice
to shut off the engines while waiting for someone or after having parked the vehicles.
No tickets will be issued for vehicles waiting for traffic lights to change at street
Other exceptions will include ambulances, medical vehicles, police cars, fire
engines, electric cars, freezer trucks containing cool products, news broadcasting
vehicles, garbage trucks, and tow trucks
Air conditioned coaches for children and tourists will be allowed to turn on
their engines 20 minutes before people get on, said the officials.