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Taoyuan marks first public-private cooperation in diesel vehicle certification inspection and demonstrates lead in Ecologistics efforts

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan visited the Taoyuan City Guishan Diesel Vehicle Emission Inspection Station  this morning (26) to attend the " Formosa Automobile Authorized Auto Repair Shop Licensing and Joint Declaration Ceremony and Press Conference on Launch of Digitalized Inspection System" and inspected the nation’s first digitalized vehicle identification and inspection system for diesel vehicles, which is expected to speed up inspection processes. Formosa Automobile introduced the Dutch DAF-branded heavy trucks into the Taiwanese market, where it is assembled and produced locally. Under the guidance of the Environmental Protection Bureau, Formosa’s Plant 3 was awarded Taoyuan City’s "Authorized Certification and Maintenance Plant for Issuance of Diesel Vehicle Self-Management Mark.” Following Taikoo Motors Zhongli Plant (VOLVO), Scania  Pingzhen Plant, FUSO Zhongli Plant (FUSO) and Chang Yuan Motor Taoyuan Plant (HINO), Formosa  Automobile became the 5th  authorized certification and maintenance plant. With the nation’s first "2-in-1 integrated maintenance and inspection system” the compliance of large diesel vehicles with emission standards has greatly improved. Based on the latest available statistics, in 2020, the 4 certification and maintenance auto plants issued a total of 1,586 Diesel Vehicle Self-management Marks. This year, with the addition of Formosa Automobile’s Plant 3 (DAF) as the 5th plant, Taoyuan City’s certified maintenance plants now account for approximately 80%, leading the nation and advancing in air quality improvements in Taoyuan City through public-private collaboration.

 

    Mayor Cheng noted that while Taoyuan City’s population continues to rise, economic development and environmental protection should go hand in hand. Various environmental performance indicators for Taoyuan have consistently led the six major municipalities. In particular, evaluations by the Environmental Protection Agency on “Air Quality Maintenance and Improvement Performance" has seen Taoyuan awarded top marks among the 6 direct municipalities for 11 consecutive years. It is worth mentioning that the control of fine suspended particulates (PM2.5), which is of most concern to the public, has been highly effective. The average concentration in last year (2020) was 13.4μg/m3, a new record low for the city. Over the years, it has remained below the national standard value of 15μg/m3. Maintaining good air quality has been the uncompromising goal of the Taoyuan City Government.

 

    Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan noted that diesel vehicle exhaust is the largest source of pollution from fine suspended particulates (PM2.5). According to statistics from the motor vehicle office, as of the end of January 2021, there were a total of 24,449 diesel passenger and cargo vehicles registered in Taoyuan City, as well as 29,140 small diesel trucks. Since 2017, the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Taoyuan City Government and the Environmental Protection Agency have promoted subsidies for replacing large diesel vehicles, in total amounting to 3,614 vehicles replaced. 26 sets of diesel particulate filters (DPF) were also installed during this period, with an additional 176 DPFs adjusted and repaired. Taoyuan again leads all other cities in this category. With Taoyuan City’s commitment to effective pollution control and improvement measures, it has attracted the attention of ICLEI, the largest organization in the world dedicated to sustainable cities, and was invited to become the world's first international Ecologistics community chair city. The city has developed 5 demonstration areas including Chunghwa Post Logistics and Huaya Science and Technology Park, Airport Cargo Terminals and Logistics Area, Shalun Green Warehousing Park, Qingpu Green Energy Logistics Cluster and Daxi Business District, and will continue to promote Ecologistics.

 

     Lu Li-Teh, Director General of the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Taoyuan City Government, noted that in the past, the proportion of diesel vehicles inspected was low and only the Zhongli station was available for inspections of this vehicle category. To improve efficiency and enhance the willingness of vehicle owners to allow their vehicles to undergo inspection, two inspection lines were added to Taoyuan City Guishan Diesel Vehicle Emission Inspection Station in 2017, which can serve about 15,000 inspections each year, thus greatly improving inspection efficiency. To strengthen the intelligent e-management of diesel vehicles, the municipal government is leading the charge by launching the country’s first intelligent inspection system for diesel vehicles, which automatically recognizes the vehicle number and then imports it from the "License Plate Recognition and Inspection Software Integration System" into the inspection system. After the inspection is completed, a QR Code is printed for reference and the inspected vehicle can leave the station. Later on, vehicle owners can download the inspection result form through QR Code. With digitalized testing, paper use can be reduced and inspection data errors avoided, while inspection lead times can be effectively shortened by about 25%. With epidemic control measures still in place, the digitalized operations can also reduce physical contact, which is something that has also been highly commended by car owners. In cooperation with the City Government under a public-private cooperation model, five authorized and certified auto maintenance and repair plants in Taoyuan City are actively committed to improving various control tasks to ensure both economic development and environmental sustainability go hand in hand, thus creating a livable and pleasant environment for all.

 

    Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan, Environment Protection Agency Deputy Minister Shen Chih-Hsiu and Liao Junsong, Chairman of the Management Committee of the Huaya Readjustment Area, Chen Sheng-kuang, Chairman of Formosa Automobile, Chen Wei-Chung, General Manager of Taikoo Motors Group, Huang Jen-Yu, Head of Automotive Business of Fuso Taiwan, Yang Hsiang-Chuan, Deputy General Manager of Chang Yuan Motors, Chen Lien-feng, Director of Scania Taiwan, participated in the event.

 

Taoyuan marks first public-private cooperation in diesel vehicle certification inspection and demonstrates lead in Ecologistics efforts

 

Taoyuan marks first public-private cooperation in diesel vehicle certification inspection and demonstrates lead in Ecologistics efforts

 

Taoyuan marks first public-private cooperation in diesel vehicle certification inspection and demonstrates lead in Ecologistics efforts

 

Taoyuan marks first public-private cooperation in diesel vehicle certification inspection and demonstrates lead in Ecologistics efforts