Environmental Protection Administration Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

You are here: Home > Recent Issues

Amendments to Subsidy Regulations for Scrapping Two-stroke Motorcycles and Purchasing New Two-wheeled Electric Vehicles Preannounced

To understand the distribution of carbon dioxide and atmospheric pollutants in the Asia-Pacific region, in 2012 the EPA began working with the EU and National Central University using Evergreen Line container ships to monitor greenhouse gases around the Pacific Ocean. Later in 2012, China Airlines was invited to join the observation effort. On 6 September 2016, the EPA, National Central University, and China Airlines jointly held a ceremony to launch the participation of a second China Airlines aircraft in international atmospheric CO2 monitoring.

The EPA has drawn up a draft of amendments to the Regulations Governing Subsidies for Scrapping Two-stroke Motorcycles and Purchasing New Two-wheeled Electric Vehicles The changes include extending the period of subsidies for three more years until the end of 2019; reducing the subsidy amounts year-on-year; ending the subsidies for buying electric two-wheeled vehicles that have lead-acid batteries in 2017; and ending the subsidies for scrapping two-stroke motorcycles in 2020.

The EPA points out two-stroke motorcycles are highly polluting, producing 18 times the amount of hydrocarbon emissions and two times the carbon monoxide (CO) emissions that of 4-stroke motorcycles. To encourage the public to scrap their two-stroke motorcycles, the EPA will continue to offer subsidies for the scrapping of two-stroke motorcycles and the purchase of new electric two-wheeled vehicles.

To reduce pollution caused by two-stroke motorcycles, the EPA has been gradually tightening emissions standards by putting an end in 2004 to the manufacture and sale of new two-stroke motorcycles. Two-stroke motorcycles currently on the roads fall under a subsidy regime implemented by the EPA in 2008. Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) vehicle registration statistics indicate that as of the end of July 2016 there were still 1.305 million scooters more than 13 years old registered, of which most are two-stroke. The EPA has thus decided to continue offering financial incentives to encourage members of the public to scrap their old two-stroke motorcycles. Considering that electric two-wheeled vehicles are eco-friendly – producing no emissions and less noise than conventional combustion engine motorcycles – and thus worthy of being promoted, the EPA has decided to continue to provide a subsidy to encourage the public to buy them.

The main points of the amendments are to extend the subsidy period to 31 December 2019, and to make some adjustments according to feedback received from stakeholders. In addition, as of 2017, electric two-wheeled vehicles (scooters and bicycles) with lead-acid batteries will not be eligible for subsidies. The regulation governing the advance payment of subsidies by electric two-wheeled vehicle makers and retailers has been removed, and from 2020 the subsidy for scrapping two-stroke motorcycles will also be dropped.

  • Source:Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
  • Date:2016/10/1
  • Updated:2017/8/24
  • Hit:450