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Pull over or pay: stiffer penalty for blocking emergency vehicles

Pull over or pay: stiffer penalty for blocking emergency vehicles

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) Make way for emergency vehicles or you may have your driver's license revoked. Taiwan's lawmakers on Tuesday passed an amendment that will impose a one-year driving ban on motorists who do not yield to an ambulance, a fire truck or a police vehicle or other emergency vehicles with their sirens on. The new one-year period is a substantial increase in comparison with the existing penalty of three-months. After the 12-month period has ended, a motorist will have to re-take the driving test in order to get another driver's license. In addition, the offending motorist will receive a NT$3,600 (US$117) fine, up from the previous maximum fine of NT$1,800. The new measure is expected to take effect in August. The Legislative Yuan decided to get tough after at least two high-profile cases in which motorists who refused to budge were caught on tape by ambulances' dashboard cameras. Both cases received prominent coverage in the local media, which forced the offenders to apologize in public. (By Tai Ya-chen and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-17 10:09 GMT+08:00