Taiwan postpones scooter safety deadline after comments by president

Full introduction of ABS and CBS postponed beyond 2021: MOTC

MOTC changes scooter ABS policy after comments by President Tsai.

MOTC changes scooter ABS policy after comments by President Tsai. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Barely hours after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said environmental and safety reforms should be affordable, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said it would postpone a plan for special braking systems on all scooters from its original 2021 target date.

Beginning next month, newly made scooters should be equipped with anti-lock braking systems (ABS) or combined braking systems (CBS), but consumers have complained that those would add between NT$7,000 (US$226) and NT$8,000 to the price of a motorcycle, the Central News Agency reported.

On Tuesday morning, the president told a news conference that each time the government introduced environmental and safety reforms, it should also consider the cost to the public and issue accompanying measures to help reduce the burden.

Following her comments, the MOTC said it was postponing the plan to have all motorcycles on the road equipped with either ABS or CBS by 2021.

While the measure would comply with United Nations standards, the MOTC had considered the burden to the public and the wide reach of the change, and therefore decided on a delay, CNA reported.

No new date was immediately announced, but on Wednesday, the MOTC planned to discuss price cuts for the ABS and CBS systems with the motorcycle sector.