Tsai avoids traf­fic ticket; ‘fu­ture vig­i­lance’ promised


Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen’s ( ) staff driver drove away from a po­ten­tial park­ing vi­o­la­tion last week in New Taipei. Footage of the in­ci­dent was posted on Face­book by the group “Pol­i­tics un­der the Foot­bridge” ( ), show­ing po­lice of­fi­cers stand­ing next to Tsai’s parked ve­hi­cle about to is­sue a vi­o­la­tion. Tsai later en­tered the ve­hi­cle from the op­po­site side. The ve­hi­cle is shown driv­ing away with Tsai on­board, with Tsai nar­rowly avoid­ing a ticket.

Tsai was at­tend­ing an event to col­lect Chi­nese- lan­guage books for new im­mi­grants to Tai­wan. Her busi­ness ve­hi­cle was il­le­gally parked in an al­ley­way on Xing­nan Road of Zhongehe Dis­trict. Af­ter the event ran longer than sched­uled, the footage showed two of­fi­cers pre­par­ing to write up the vi­o­la­tion. Tsai then al­legedly walked to­ward the of­fi­cers, waved her hands a few times and was chauf­feured from the scene.

DPP spokesman Chen Yun-peng ( ) stated that due to time con­straints, it is in­evitable that at times traf­fic con­di­tions are not al­ways ob­served. He said that in the fu­ture, Tsai would be more care­ful. He added that “we sup­port the po­lice en­force­ment of the law and will not use any means to make things dif­fi­cult for them.”

The of­fi­cer on duty said that he knocked on the win­dow of the white mini­van to ad­vise the driver, but did not know that the ve­hi­cle be­longed to Tsai.

DPP Leg­is­la­tor Ac­cused of Abus­ing Priv­i­lege 77 Times

Mean­while, af­ter for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ( NSC) Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral King Pu-tsung ( ) drew out DPP Leg­is­la­tor Tuan Yi-kang ( ) yes­ter­day for void­ing traf­fic vi­o­la­tions when he served as a Taipei City coun­cil­man, a lo­cal pa­per ramped up the num­ber of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing the law­maker.

Ac­cord­ing Times, Taipei to t he China City Coun­cilors Lee Ching- yuan ( ) and Wang Chih- bing ( ) had re­vealed as early as 2008 that Tuan racked up 77 traf­fic vi­o­la­tions in one year alone, most of which in­volved il­le­gal park­ing. Wang es­ti­mated that if the max­i­mum penalty of NT$ 1,200 was ap­plied, Tuan’s voided vi­o­la­tions would reach close to NT$ 100,000.

Tuan said Mon­day that he al­ready apol­o­gized pub­li­cally for the in­ci­dents, adding that he sold his car and took up rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle in re­sponse. He fought back yes­ter­day say­ing that the city coun­cilor with the high­est num­ber of voided vi­o­la­tions was a KMT mem­ber who later be­came an im­por­tant ad­vi­sor to Pres­i­dent Ma Ying- jeou. Tuan de­clined to name the for­mer coun­cilor.

Im­age from video footage pro­vided by

Tsai Ing-wen pre­pares to en­ter her busi­ness ve­hi­cle af­ter a sched­uled event in New Taipei last week. Ac­cord­ing to on­line footage, Tsai was able to leave the scene as the po­lice of­fi­cers on duty chose not to write up the park­ing vi­o­la­tion in­volv­ing the DPP chair­woman’s ve­hi­cle.

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