Taiwan considers ending scooter parking on sidewalks

Local governments can take flexible approach: Interior minister

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Taiwan considers barring scooters from parking on sidewalks 

Taiwan considers barring scooters from parking on sidewalks  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The practice of allowing scooters to park on sidewalks could soon end, as pedestrians should receive priority, Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Wednesday (Sept. 16).

However, due to the high number of motorcyclists in Taiwan, the government said that the new regulations are still being drawn up and that the rights of all road users will be respected, CNA reported.

Hsu emphasized that local governments will be allowed to take flexible measures in implementing the rules, while at present, outside opinions are still welcomed during the preparatory phase.

Newly built apartment blocks will have to provide underground parking spaces not just for cars but for scooters as well, reducing pressure on outside areas, the minister said.

The new measures are designed to strengthen pedestrian rights and end the practice of drawing parking spaces for scooters on sidewalks, according to the CNA report.