Action plan to improve pedestrian safety
The cabinet has approved an "action plan" it says will help make Taiwan's streets safer for pedestrians.
Nineteen measures will be implemented to improve infrastructure, promote road safety education, tighten law enforcement, and crack down on repeat traffic offenders
The Construction and Planning Agency says NT$5 billion was allocated last year to fund a two-year project to improve pedestrian safety in areas near schools, and an additional NT$24 billion will be added from 2023 to 2025, to expand the programme.
Roadside obstacles will be removed, crosswalks and sidewalks in areas near public facilities will be improved and 25 new "pedestrian-friendly areas" will be created islandwide.
Authorities say these areas will see vehicle speed limits set at 30-kilometers-an-hour.
The additional NT$24 billion for the "pedestrian first" action plan will come from the special budget of the government's "Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program."
Officials say the ultimate goal is to get all drivers into the habit of giving priority to pedestrians.