As the weather gets warmer, there are more and more incidents of modified vehicles disturbing people by making a loud noise at night. In Tainan, members of the public have reported 339 vehicles so far this year — an average of between three and four vehicles per day. The Tainan City Government Environmental Protection Bureau says that when such reports are accepted, all vehicles that are confirmed to have been retrofitted with non-standard exhaust will be called in for inspection, and the owners of those that are found not to compl y with the standards will be fined between NT$1,800 and NT$3,600.
The bureau says a lot of people have recently noticed that instances of noisy vehicles causing nighttime disturbances have been increasing as the weather warms up, and that this problem afflicts downtown areas, suburbs and mountainous areas alike. Statistics show that between January and March this year 484 vehicles were flagged down for inspection, of which 90 were actually inspected and 37 failed to meet the standards.
Checkpoint locations include the Wenheng Temple in Longci District, the intersection of Jiankang 3rd Road and Heping Road in Anping District, the road in front of the Jiaba Police Station in Shanhua District, the vicinity of National Tainan Industrial High School in Yongkang District, the Houjia Traffic Circle in East District, the Longhu Temple in Longci District, Haidian Road Sec 2 in Annan District, Yujing Police Precinct’s Lutian Police Station in Nansi Distict, and the Sinying Service Area.
Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Administration
The bureau says that, as well as adopting law-enforcement technology, it has also strengthened its joint inspections with the Police Bureau. Districts where technological law enforcement using acoustic cameras has been implemented include Longci, Yongkang, South District, Anping, East District, Sinying, Guanmiao and West Central District, and this year the bureau will purchase additional acoustic camera technology equipment to expand its clampdown arsenal and strengthen its deterrent effect.
The bureau says that the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has set up a platform for lodging reports on its Web site. If people discover instances of motor vehicles creating a noise disturbance while driving on the street, they can report them by uploading photos or videos to the noisy vehicle reporting section of the EPA’s Web site (http://noisecar.epa.gov.tw/). In case of verified reports, the vehicle concerned will be called in for inspection, and the owners of vehicles that are found not to comply with the legal standards will be fined in accordance with the law.
(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)
Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Liberty Times
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