Government committed to banning gas scooters by 2035: premier

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Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) The government is committed to banning the sale of gas-powered motorcycles by 2035 as part of efforts to help combat air pollution, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Tuesday.

In a statement issued by the Cabinet, Lai called on all relevant agencies to work together to help curb air pollution and promote renewable energy.

To achieve this goal, the government will offer technical assistance to existing domestic motorcycle manufacturers in transitioning from conventional bikes to smart electric scooters, as well as assistance in the development of highly efficient electric vehicle batteries, Lai said.

In terms of infrastructure, the government will also push to expand the availability of battery charging stations across the country, including the provision of more parking spaces for eco-friendly scooters.

According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), there were 13.76 million registered scooters in Taiwan as of the end of December 2017.

In the first seven months of this year, the number of electric scooters sold numbered 37,000, the statistics show.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)

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