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Section of Taipei's Civic Boulevard top speeding spot in city

12/02/2023 06:53 PM
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A mobile speed camera is placed on a section of the Civic Boulevard in Taipei in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of the city's Traffic Division
A mobile speed camera is placed on a section of the Civic Boulevard in Taipei in this undated photo. Photo courtesy of the city's Traffic Division

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) An eastbound section of Civic Boulevard has been labeled the No. 1 speeding spot in Taipei after it was revealed to be the area for which the highest number of tickets for excessive speeding were issued, the Taipei City Police Department said Saturday.

From July to October, a total of 456 tickets were issued for excessive speeding on the section of Civic Blvd between Linsen North Road and Jinshan North Road, the department's traffic division said in a news release.

In Taiwan, the definition of excessive speeding refers to breaking the maximum speed limit by 40 kilometers per hour (kph) or more. It was lowered from 60 kph after the country imposed a slew of stricter traffic rules from June 30 this year following an amendment to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act.

Under the amended law, the maximum fine for severe speeding has been raised from NT$24,000 (US$767.40) to NT$36,000 and vehicle registration plates will also be confiscated for six months.

The surface-level Civic Boulevard is an accident-prone area due to the high number of U-turn sections, as well as entrances and exits to nearby underground parking lots, the division explained.

Warning signs have been installed along the section of road to call on motorists to abide by the road speed limit, avoid violations, and maintain traffic safety, it said.

A section of the Huanhe Expressway from Huacui Bridge to Guangfu Bridge in Taipei came second with 101 tickets issued for severe speeding during the same period, it added.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Ko Lin)

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