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Taiwan MOTC to revise traffic overdue fines

A file photo of DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling. (file photo) Kuan indicated on March 27 that it was unconstitutional to double the fines when people fail...

A file photo of DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling. (file photo) Kuan indicated on March 27 that it was unconstitutional to double the fines when people fail...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The opposition party lawmaker Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) yesterday indicated in the legislative session that it was unconstitutional to double the fines when people failed to pay them before the designated date. Premier Liu Chao-hsiuan (劉兆玄) promised to make an order to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to revise the regulation.

Kuan said the late fines should be managed by the “overdue fines” system. The highest existing rate is an additional 20 percent to the late payment of income tax. However, the overdue fines for traffic violations are two to three times as high.

Kuan took the violation of driving without license for example. If the fine of NT$3,600 is not paid within thirty days, it will be raised up to NT$6,000 and even reaches NT$10,800 for over sixty days.

Kuan emphasized the law should punish the act of violation, not the late payment and that the regulation was unconstitutional and unfair.

Liu said the MOTC will make a revision to the standard and the implementation since the law did not have such a stipulation.

The MOTC will start the review next week to either cut the hefty overdue fines or mark different level of fines based on difference of vehicles, violations. The level of traffic fines may be simplified down to two categories—payment within deadline, overdue payment, from the original four levels.

by Taiwan News, Staff Writer



Updated : 2021-10-16 18:06 GMT+08:00