City to Charge Vehicle Handling Fees for Towed Slow-moving Vehicles Starting January 1
The Department of Transportation (DOT) reminds the public that the owners of all slow-moving vehicles towed for parking violations will be liable for both handling fees and safekeeping charges starting January 1, 2018.The handling fee for each vehicle is NT$100 per tow. The safekeeping charge is NT$25 every 12 hours (accumulative) after the first hour, where the first hour is free of charge. The target of the new fees includes slow-moving vehicles such as bicycles and “slow-moving vehicles with 3 wheels or more.” Bicycles include traditional bicycles, electrical-assisted bikes, and electrical bikes; and “slow-moving vehicles with 3 wheels or more” covers both human-powered transport means and animal-powered transport means. According to DOT, bicycles cannot be parked along road sections and areas that are part of the “No Motorcycles on Sidewalks and Arcades” initiative and paid motorcycle parking squares, red/yellow lines, adjacent to fire hydrants, road intersections, or designated bus stop zones.Towed bikes can be redeemed from one of the three towed pounds for bicycles in Taipei City: Fuyuan towed pound, Binjiang towed pound, or Longmen Junior High School underground towed pound. The exact locations of towed bikes can be determined by accessing the “Bicycle Towing and Safekeeping Area” on the Chinese website of Parking Management and Development Office. Owners should bring their ID and bicycle key to the respective towed pound. The bicycle can be redeemed after filling out the bike redemption form and paying the respective fees. Vehicles not picked up within 4 months will be disposed of in accordance with regulations.