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EPA denies rumors of all-out ban on fossil fuel vehicles by 2030

2018/06/25 21:32:36

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Taipei, June 25 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Monday there is no truth to recent internet rumors that Taiwan plans to phase out vehicles powered by fossil fuels on public roads by 2030.

In December 2017, the Cabinet proposed a plan to combat air pollution that included making public buses and government vehicles all-electric by 2030 and banning the sale of new gas-powered motorcycles by 2035 and cars with internal combustion engines by 2040.

Those plans have since been misinterpreted by some netizens as an all-out ban on existing fossil fuel vehicles by 2030.

In a statement, the EPA said the proposed plan would only apply to the sale of new scooters and vehicles and would not affect vehicles already on the road when bans on sales of gasoline-powered scooters and cars take effect.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Ko Lin)