On 18 December 2018, the EPA and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced revisions to the Toxic Chemical Substances Transportation and Management Regulations. To improve the management and transportation of toxic chemical substances, the EPA simplified the registration form and increased the responsibility of shipping enterprises to prevent and respond to disasters.
The regulations first took effect on 8 February 1991. The latest revisions put shipments of small amounts of Classes 1 to 3 toxic chemical substances under control and make provisions for a simpler transportation registration form which also requires a safety information form and installment of software on mobile devices. The previously required six-copy shipment receipt has been modified to a single-copy form, and regulations have also been added clearly stipulating that shipping enterprises must abide by traffic safety rules regarding container installation and shipment. To strengthen the risk management involved with such shipments, the revisions also tightened standards for real-time tracking systems required to be installed in vehicles transporting toxic chemical substances. The tracking systems are to include a barcode for scanning records and information regarding the start and end points of a shipment, emergency alert functions (e.g. an SOS button and inclinometer), and 4G or higher communication service.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 22(1)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)