Breakthrough on Automotive Committee Advocacy: Cabinet approves proposal to allow classic cars on roads
The Executive Yuan has approved a proposed amendment to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act (道路交通管理處罰條例) to allow classic cars to be driven on public roads in Taiwan, something which is currently not permitted. The proposed amendment has been sent to the Legislative Yuan for review. This breakthrough comes after several years of advocacy by the ECCT’s Automotive committee and is thanks to the coordinated efforts of the committee and the Taiwan authorities, particularly the Department of Railways and Highways under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC).
Under the proposed amendment, an automobile would be regarded as a classic car if it is more than 35 years old and is a proven collectible item. The car would also have to pass a safety inspection at a local motor vehicle office of the Directorate-General of Highways. When determining if a car is a collectible, the MOTC will take into account certifications from car manufacturers and information from classic car clubs or relevant associations. The ministry will list areas, routes and time slots when classic cars are allowed on the road, and design a special license plate for approved classic cars.