Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Thursday that effective January 1, 2020, owners who retire their old four-stroke carburetor scooters for a new one will receive a subsidy of NT$5,000 (US$164) from the government.
The subsidy will apply only to those with scooters that were manufactured before June 30, 2007, in particular those that still run on carburetors and meet only the older Phase 1-4 emission standards, the agency said.
According to the EPA, this is because many four-stroke scooters that are more than 12 years old typically use carburetors instead of a fuel-injection system, which is commonly found in newer scooters that meet Phase 6 or Phase 7 emission standards.
The objective is to help reduce air pollution, and to encourage people to use a cleaner form of two-wheeled transport, including electric scooters, the agency said.
Kwang Yang Motor Co., a manufacturer of gasoline-powered scooters in Taiwan, has plans to launch eight new scooter models that meet the government's latest Phase 7 standards, while Sanyang Motor Co. will roll out seven models that meet this requirement.
Director-General Tsai Meng-yu (蔡孟裕), head of the Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control at the EPA, told CNA Thursday that an estimated 96,000 old scooters could be phased out next year through the subsidy program.
This could potentially reduce 96 metric tons of nitrogen oxide (Nox), 1,052 metric tons of carbon monoxide, and 378 metric tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) each year in Taiwan, Tsai said.