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List of dangerous roads released

List of dangerous roads released

Following a horrific traffic accident earlier this month, the transportation ministry yesterday released a list of 13 dangerous roads, restricting large vehicles from using the unsafe roads in the near future.
According to the Directorate General of Highways, an agency under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications responsible for highway safety, the list includes 101 roads that require drivers' extra attention. Of those 101 roads, 13 are designated as too dangerous for large vehicles. Among the 13 routes, four are located in northern Taiwan, three in central Taiwan, two in the south, three in Hualien, and one in Penghu.
On December 3 a tourist bus carrying 45 people on the way to Tainan Meiling Scenic Area overturned and plunged into a ravine, killing 22 people. The accident generated lawmaker and media attention as the bus was traveling on an especially hazardous and curvy road. Lawmakers and the media later urged the MOTC to publicly list dangerous roads and ban large vehicles from using them.
In the north, County Highway 101 in Taipei County, Provincial Highway 7 and 2 in Taoyuan County, and County Highway 22 in Hsinchu County are listed.
County Highway 188 in Tainan County, where the fatal accident took place, however, is not listed among the 13 unsafe roads.
More detailed information is available at http://www.thb.gov.tw/main_02.htm
The agency will hold a press conference on January 2, 2007 to announce when and how the new restrictions will be put into effect.


Updated : 2021-04-21 16:23 GMT+08:00