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Ko demands crackdown on illegal parking

Ko demands crackdown on illegal parking

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je reportedly erupted in anger Friday when he heard at a briefing how many incidents of illegal parking had been recorded.
He said that the presence of too many cameras prevented him from speaking his mind, but he warned officials against presenting him with similar figures at next month’s traffic briefing.
Friday’s meeting discussed a number of illegal-parking hot spots around the capital. In one spot on Fuxing South Road section 1, members of the public had made 233 phone calls last December to report instances of illegal parking, making it the worst location in the city, reports said.
Ko said that if complaints about one place reached 100 or even 200 per month, this was a sign that something was seriously wrong and action had to be taken before that.
Officials said they would take a close look at the ten worst places and evaluate whether or not to change the no-parking red lines in yellow lines or put up a sign helping drivers to find legal parking spots. Of the top ten, three were located on Fuxing South Road section 1 and three on Zhongxiao East Road section 4, one of the busiest shopping districts in the capital.
Taipei City Transportation Commissioner Chung Huei-yu said that in the past too much emphasis might have been put on education and advice, and that in the future a tougher approach with the implementation of traffic laws would be needed.
She said she would discuss the available options with the capital’s traffic police.
Statistics comparing the problem in different cities showed that in December, every traffic police agent handled an average of 20.9 cases of illegal parking, while the figure for Kaohsiung was 12.96 and for Tainan 2.57. Ko reacted by warning against seeing illegal parking as a source of income for the city. It was more important to prevent cases of illegal parking than to fine many such incidents, he said.
Before Friday’s briefing, there was an incident with reporters because the meeting was going to take place behind closed doors. As journalists said that under the two previous mayors, President Ma Ying-jeou and Hau Lung-bin, monthly traffic briefings had always been open, Ko relented.


Updated : 2021-09-19 16:38 GMT+08:00