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Local governments opposed to heavy-duty bikes on freeways: official

2012/07/01 19:24:22

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) Heavy-duty motorcycles with engines of over 550cc will not be allowed on freeways unless the local governments agree to the traffic regulations passed by the Legislature last year, Deputy Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih said Sunday.

The majority of local governments were opposed to the regulations because of safety concerns, and the transportation ministry is still in discussions with them on issues such as road sections and time slots for heavy-duty bikes, Yeh said.

The new regulations were expected to be implemented in August, after the Legislature amended the Statute for Road Traffic Management and Punishment last November to allow bikes 550cc and over on Taiwan's highways.

In 2007, the government revised its regulations, permitting motorcycles 550cc and bigger to travel on 26 expressways throughout the country.

A total of 28,000 such motorcycles are registered in Taiwan, according to data from the transportation ministry.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Hanna Liu)