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New motorbike regulations hoped to curb traffic casualties

2018/12/10 14:29:43

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Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) A new rule that mandates all new motorcycle models manufactured after Jan. 1, 2019 to be equipped with either anti-lock braking (ABS) or combined braking system (CBS) is expected to cut traffic casualties by 30 percent, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Monday.

"Over 60 percent of the 1,680 traffic fatalities reported last year were related to motorcycle accidents," said MOTC Acting Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材), adding that the new measure, in line with what he described as "a global trend," could help improve road safety.

According to Taiwan's Vehicle Safety Testing Directions, which was amended in 2015, new motorcycle models with 125cc engines or smaller should have ABS or CBS, and those with engines that are 126cc or larger must be equipped with ABS.

Wang explained that at the current stage, the regulations only affect new motorcycle models, and that mandatory ABS or CBS systems for new motorcycles of existing models will not take place until 2021.

Existing motorcycles will not be affected by the new rule, he said.

Taiwan manufactures some 1 million new motorcycles each year, he said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)