July sees wage in­crease and other pol­icy up­dates

NT$600 fine for scooter driv­ers hold­ing or smok­ing cig­a­rettes

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

A se­ries of new poli­cies are set for im­ple­men­ta­tion this July, rang­ing from the widely talked about min­i­mum wage in­crease to re­stric­tions on smok­ing while rid­ing a scooter or mo­tor­cy­cle, as well as by­laws to be en­acted by lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

Na­tion­wide, monthly and hourly min­i­mum wages have been ad­justed to NT$20,008 and NT$120 re­spec­tively. Civil­ians will need to ap­ply to the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion for clear­ance for mail­ing items such as pre­scrip­tion and non-pre­scrip­tion medicine and con­tact lenses. Shrimp, crab, man­gos, peanuts, milk, eggs and other food prod­ucts will need to be clearly la­beled so that peo­ple can avoid al­ler­gens.

Good news for trav­el­ers to main­land China as well, as Tai­wanese vis­it­ing there are no longer re­quired to show the usual en­try per­mits, but can ap­ply for an iden­tity card per­mit­ting au­to­matic en­try. An­titrust funds have also been set up to start next month by the Fair Trade Com­mis­sion, and em­ploy­ees can also re­ceive money bonuses upon re­port­ing anti-trust of­fenses.

At the lo­cal gov­ern­ment level, 13 new reg­u­la­tions will be en­acted by New Taipei City Gov­ern­ment in­clud­ing the first health care in­te­gra­tion mea­sure called the “green path­way,” which will mainly re­duce the time for med­i­cal ser­vice trans­fers from clin­ics to large hos­pi­tals. The Xin­wu­tai Civil Sports Cen­ter (

) will open its doors to the public as well on July 1.

Those aged 65 and up are el­i­gi­ble for sub­si­dies for den­tures in Changhua County. For those who only have no more than three teeth re­main­ing on the lower and up­per jaws, the gov­ern­ment will pay full sub­si­dies for el­i­gi­ble ap­pli­cants.

In Kaoh­si­ung City, the Land Ad­min­is­tra­tion Depart­ment has also in­creased the range of it ser­vices — lo­cals need only to visit one par­tic­u­lar depart­ment for per­sonal af­fairs.

Women in Miaoli County are el­i­gi­ble for child-birth sub­si­dies, up to a to­tal of NT$20,000 in two years. For child-care bonuses, Taichung par­ents can re­ceive NT$2,000 to NT$3,000 per month.

Scooter Riders Banned From

Smok­ing

New

traf­fic

reg­u­la­tions

will be launched on July 1 as well. Scooter riders are banned from hold­ing, smok­ing or light­ing up cig­a­rettes dur­ing travel and could be slapped with a fine of NT$600 if found in vi­o­la­tion of the rules.

The Na­tional Po­lice Agency re­ported that scooter riders could be fined for af­fect­ing other driv­ers with their smoke within a 3.5-me­ter ra­dius. Civil­ians can use their event data recorders or pho­to­graphs to re­port of­fenses.

For driv­ers oc­cu­py­ing cer­tain ve- hi­cle lanes or park­ing side-by-side, thus forc­ing scooter riders into the fast lane or the outer lanes — which could po­ten­tially cause traf­fic ac­ci­dents — fines have been in­creased to NT$2,400.

Fre­quent driv­ers on free­ways or ex­press­ways will also need to keep in mind their ve­hi­cle’s tread depth and loose com­po­nents that could fall from the ve­hi­cle’s tires. Vi­o­la­tors can be fined from NT$3,000 to NT$6,000 depend­ing on the sever­ity.

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