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Taipei draws up clean air plan for major tourism spots

Air quality protection plan covers 3 bus stations, 6 popular tourist destinations

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The National Palace Museum is one of nine new air quality protection areas (Facebook, NPM photo) 

The National Palace Museum is one of nine new air quality protection areas (Facebook, NPM photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The new year will see the introduction of an air quality protection plan for several major sites in Taipei, including the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101, reports said Thursday (Dec. 24).

The scheme is part of a series of new measures to be introduced across the country Jan. 1. Though Taipei has focused mostly on the environment, CNA reported.

The capital’s Department of Environmental Protection will only allow approved diesel vehicles and scooters that passed their required inspection to approach nine sites listed as special air quality protection zones, with fines to be introduced on Feb. 1.

The nine locations are the bus stations near the Taipei City Government, Taipei Rail Station, and Nangang, Yangmingshan National Park, the National Palace Museum, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the Martyrs’ Shrine, and Taipei 101.