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Mayor Visits Taxi Driver Rest Area, Offers New Year Best Wishes

With Chinese New Year around the corner, Mayor Ko Wen-je visited the Dazhi, Zhongshan, and Jiangguo Taxi Driver Rest Areas to wish taxi drivers a happy new year. He also handed out red envelopes containing prosperity money to the drivers, thanking them for providing people living in Greater Taipei Area with convenient transportation all year round.
 Mayor Visits Taxi Driver Rest Area, Offers New Year Best Wishes
According to the Public Transportation Office (PTO), to allow hardworking taxi drivers to find a place to relax and rest up, the city government established 6 taxi driver rest areas across Taipei. Together, the rest areas offer a total of 416 parking spaces for cabs.
 
These facilities also offer access to free WIFI, charging for electronic products, blood pressure monitors, tire inflators, and mobile power devices for car rescue. Taxi drivers are able to utilize the restrooms and shower rooms, as well as rest, drink water, read books and watch TVs at the rest area. Personnel also provide services such as legal consultation, registration for annual health checkup, and composite checkup for metabolic syndrome.
 
PTO noted that taxies form an important part of the transportation network for the Greater Taipei Area. These vehicles provide transportation services to over 1 million people in the region each day.
 
Due to the long hours of work driving vehicles around the city, these taxi drivers require a place to recover from fatigue. The taxi driver rest areas serve such need, thereby enhancing the safety for people who take the taxis as well.