Taipei hiking trails to go smoke-free

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is seen in this file photo on the Elephant Mountain’s hiking trail. Starting Dec. 29, all hiking trails in Taipei area will become smoke-free, meaning that you could face a fine of up to NT$10,000 if you smoke along your journey. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Starting Dec. 29, all hiking trails in Taipei City will become smoke-free, and people who smoke on the trails could face a fine of up to NT$10,000 (US$326), according to the city government’s Public Works Department (PWD).

A total of 135 hiking trails in Taipei will be designated as non-smoking areas and people will not be allowed to smoke on the trails or any observation platforms and pavilions on the hiking routes, PWD said.

People who violate the regulation will face a fine ranging from NT$2,000 to NT$10,000, the department said.

PWD official Chen Yen-cheng (陳彥成) said that the department has added warning signs at multiple places on the trails to remind hikers, such as at trail entrances, on route maps, on direction signs, and in the pavilions.

Chen added that the new policy aims to improve people’s hiking experience and urges the public to jointly protect nature’s good air.

By Chen Yen-chun and Chi Jo-yao