July sees wage increase and other policy updates
NT$600 fine for scooter drivers holding or smoking cigarettes
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
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.