Taipei Enforces Impounding of Bikes
On June 15, Taipei City, Taiwan will start impounding bicycles that are illegally parked. This was approved by Mayor Hau Lung-bin after several physically disabled citizens filed complaints that some bicycles make use of the handicap ramps and access aisles near the MRT stations, in turn making wheelchair bound citizens unable to utilize designated handicap aisles.
The proposed impounding will be carried out by the city’s traffic police division. Initial areas to be included in this campaign are nearby the Technology Building Station of the Mass Rapid Transit system. Should it prove to be a success, other areas will be added like those in the Gongguan, National Taiwan University Hospital and Taipei City Hall stations. Later on, the program shall encompass the entire city.
To further enforce discipline and bicycle courtesy, a fine of NT$300-NT$600 was proposed by the city traffic police. However, this proposal is still under review by the city council. For now, bicycle owners are required to give their ID card and have their picture taken with their bicycle. A signed affidavit will also be enforced before owners in violation can get their bicycles back.