TAIPEI (The China Post) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) invited local cab drivers to discuss policies regarding taxi replacement at the Presidential Office on Jan. 23 alongside Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍).


Speaking during the meeting, the president promised subsidies of NT$350,000 and NT$250,000 upon purchases of electric and hybrid cars, respectively, while gasoline-powered vehicles could get an allowance of up to NT$150,000.


Asked for more details on the implementation of the new policy, President Tsai announced three guidelines in the meeting, according to Presidential Office spokesperson Xavier Chang (張惇涵).


To begin with, the president wants her administration to detail how cabdrivers can obtain the aforesaid subsidy as soon as possible. The latter is in line with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ current plan to support the trade in of old vehicles for new gasoline-powered vehicles, hybrids or electric cars for subsidies between NT$150,000, NT$250,000 and NT$350,000, respectively,

第一、 「補助計程車汰舊換新」:目前交通部規畫補助措施為燃油車15萬元、油電混合車25萬元、電動車35萬元,總統並請行政團隊就相關規定訂定補助要點,務必儘速發布。

Meanwhile, the government aims to bring its efforts for transforming the taxi industry to the next level, including the creation of a systematic framework to assist the traditional sector in developing new services.


The president also said the government will take measure to help drivers obtain new business registration that not only enhances their driving skills but also pushes for a more diversified industry.


Tsai also proposed a “cab ride for everyone” program to subsidize taxi services in rural townships, where cab drivers also have social responsibilities such as public transportation, medical transport and hospital visits for the elderly and pregnant women.

第三、 「推動小黃公車」計畫:補助計程車業者投入偏鄉服務,並整合諸如長照服務、長者看病、孕婦就診、愛心服務等社會服務,提升計程車業者作為大眾運輸產業一環的社會責任。

Aside from these three major guidelines, the president also asked her administration to take into account the public expectations under this framework, including staff training, expansion of service locations, and the question of rush-hour parking, the spokesperson said.



Key Words

regarding (prep.) [rɪˋgɑrdɪŋ] 關於 | He knew nothing regarding the case.

subsidy (n.) [ˋsʌbsədɪ] 津貼,補貼 | This industry depends for its survival on government subsidies.

hybrid car (n.) 油電混合車 | A hybrid car used two or more distinct types of power.

allowance (n.) [əˋlaʊəns] 津貼,補貼 | The child has a weekly allowance of five dollars.

implementation (n.) [ɪmpləmɛnˋteʃən] 實施,執行 | The agency was created for the implementation of the policy.

obtain (v.) [əbˋten] 得到 | Linda failed to obtain a scholarship.

framework (n.) [ˋfrem͵wɝk] 組織,架構 | The U.S. Constitution established a broad framework of government.

diversified (a.) [daɪˋvɝsə͵faɪd] 多變化的 | We have the chance to remain one of the great diversified companies of the world.

sector (n.) [ˋsɛktɚ] 行業,部門 | Salaries in the public sector are expected to drop by 20% this year.

take into account (phrase) 斟酌,考慮 | Before going on a trip, you should take the weather factor into account.


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