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In Brief

EPA to introduce sliding fuel prices
The Environmental Protection Administration announced yesterday that beginning January 1, air pollution control fees will be levied on different grades of gasoline and diesel fuel.
According to the EPA, the fees attached to gasoline and diesel fuel will vary from NT$0.03 to NT$0.2 per liter, depending on the sulfur levels in the fuel products.
A breakdown of the fee schedule for gasoline: NT$0.03 for premium gasoline, NT$0.075 for mid-grade gasoline, and NT$0.19 for regular gasoline.
In the diesel fuel category: NT$0.03 for grade one low-sulfur diesel fuel, NT$0.075 for grade two diesel fuel, and NT$0.2 for grade three diesel fuel.
Traffic police
Taipei County Police Bureau officials said yesterday that police will persist in their efforts to crack down on serious traffic violations in 2007 in an attempt to reduce road accident fatalities.
A spokesman for the bureau said that Taipei Magistrate Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) has ordered that traffic regulations must be strictly enforced to curb serious traffic offenses.
Citing statistics, the spokesman said Taipei County recorded 219 fatal traffic accidents in the January-November period of 2006, with speeding and failure to keep a safe distance being blamed as the cause of 44.7 percent of the accidents, and drunken driving accounting for 17.4 percent.
Labor demand rising
Taiwan businesses are expected to hire 156,000 new workers and lay off 37,000 workers in 2007, with net labor demand increasing by 119,000, according to the results of a survey released Thursday by the Council of Labor Affairs (勞委會).
The labor demand survey was conducted by the CLA in August this year on 9,308 local businesses.
Of these businesses, 1,299, or 14 percent, expressed intentions to increase their staff numbers next year, while 326, or 3.5 percent, said they plan to cut staff.
The remaining 7,683 businesses, accounting for 82.5 percent of the total, said they have no plans to hire more or lay off workers.
Mini-three links
The Mainland Affairs Council announced yesterday it will expand the scope of the mini-three links by allowing non-Fujian veterans and business groups who attend seminars held in Fujian to use the mini three links as well.
The Veterans Affairs Commission under the Executive Yuan will affirm the non-Fujian applicants cases before granting their entry to Kinmen and Matsu.
In addition, MAC will permit more Chinese tourists to travel in groups to Kinmen and Matsu.
MAC made the announcements at the news conference held yesterday afternoon.


Updated : 2021-04-16 06:31 GMT+08:00