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Taiwan to relax traffic rules for parents dropping kids off at school

New measures will only apply to children ages 7 and under

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Parents to be allowed more time to drop off their children from yellow line. 

Parents to be allowed more time to drop off their children from yellow line.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Parents who stop their car on a yellow line will no longer have to drop their children off at school within three minutes, according to a new traffic rule coming into force on Dec. 1.

However, the change does not apply to those waiting for their children to leave school, CNA reported Friday (Nov. 20). There is also a maximum age limit of seven years for the children involved.

The changes were announced in June, but they will be implemented on Dec. 1, the Ministry of Transportation said Friday. The exception currently only covers children with impaired mobility, officials said.

Stopping on a red line while dropping off one's kids is still not allowed, though if the practice does not pose a danger or hinder the flow of traffic, leniency might apply, according to the report.

In another change to traffic regulations, from Dec. 1, the maximum fine for objects falling off a moving vehicle will double to NT$18,000 (US$630), the Ministry of Transportation said. The move is aimed to ensure drivers and delivery workers correctly tie down loads.