The National Association for the Promotion of Large and Heavy-duty Locomotive Operators held a press conference in front of the Legislative Yuan on November 21 to express their demands. (Central News Agency)
[The Epoch Times, November 21, 2023](The Epoch Times reporter Lin Zixin reported in Taipei, Taiwan) According to traffic data analysis by the Highway Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation, the number of reverse accidents on national highways from January to August 2023 reached 14, resulting in 5 injuries; pedestrians There were 39 accidents involving local and local trains accidentally crossing national highways, resulting in one death and 20 injuries, which had a significant impact on driving safety. To this end, the High-Tech Public Security Bureau has set up relevant prohibition and instruction signs and marking facilities at the entrances and exits of each interchange to prevent reverse and mistaken entry.
If a reverse direction or accidental crossing occurs on a national highway, it may not only cause serious injury to the person involved, but also affect the driving safety of other road users. In order to prevent automobiles and motorcycles from entering the national highway in the opposite direction, the High-Tech Public Security Bureau set up no entry and no left (right) turn signs at the junction of the surface road and the exit ramp of each interchange, and drew directional lines and set up two-color signs on the ramp (forward direction). : white, reverse: red) to remind passers-by not to enter the exit ramp in the opposite direction.
As for the prevention of accidental entry, the High-tech Public Security Bureau has set up signs of “Cars with more than four wheels only” and “National Highway Route Number” in front of the entrance ramp of the interchange, and painted “↑Highway” signs on the road to inform the public. For passers-by, this ramp leads to a national expressway, and only vehicles with four wheels or more are allowed to enter. In addition, a “Highway ↓” cantilevered lane indicator sign is added at the entrance close to the slow lane to increase the visibility of the entrance ramp and avoid pedestrians. Or a slow train accidentally enters.
In addition, according to statistics from the High Public Security Bureau, as of October this year, 47 traffic fatal accidents have occurred on national highways, 15 of which were self-collision accidents, resulting in 55 deaths and 74 injuries. After analyzing the causes of accidents, “improper operation and other violations” and “failure to pay attention to the state of the vehicle” were the most common, with 13 cases each, accounting for 55% of the total; followed by “improper lane change” with 10 cases, accounting for 21% , all belong to driver factors.
Chen Kang, a heavy machinery group fighting for national highways, took to the streets on 11/26
In order to strive for large and heavy-duty motorcycles to drive on highways, the National Association for the Promotion of Large and Heavy-duty Motorcycle Operators of the Republic of China held a pre-trip press conference on “1126 National Highway Safety, Return Our Right of Road” on November 21. At the same time, it also strives to open parking spaces for heavy-duty motorcycles. To abolish the ban on motorcycles in the inner lane and other demands, thousands of heavy-duty vehicles and general motorcycles were called to go to the Ministry of Transportation to protest on November 26.
As of September this year, there were 248,316 heavy-duty locomotives in Taiwan. The National Association for the Promotion of Large Heavy-duty Locomotive Operators of the Republic of China stated that the demands for this action include the immediate opening of large and heavy-duty locomotives to the highway; and the opening of parking spaces for large and heavy-duty locomotives. and abolish the provisions of the “Road Traffic Safety Rules” regarding the prohibition of motorcycles in the inner lane and the mandatory two-stage left turn.
Hong Jushun, chairman of the promotion association, said that in recent years many people have used heavy-duty vehicles as commuting tools. In 2011, legislation was passed to allow heavy-duty vehicles to travel on national highways, but the government has not done anything yet. In addition, national highways are closed roads. Safety, since the legislation has been passed, it should give knights a safe way.
Chen Hongyi, chairman of the Taiwan Traffic Safety Association, also believes that Taiwan’s roads should not be separated by vehicle type. Many countries around the world have not banned motorcycles from riding on national highways, and now that sightseeing is open, many foreign tourists mistakenly board national highways. Roads should be used safely and equally. , reduce traffic accidents.
The National Promotion Association of Large and Heavy-duty Locomotive Operators of the Republic of China said that there are currently no plans to directly go on the national highway that day, but if there are riders or some Internet celebrities who go on the national highway on their own, they hope to pay attention to safety. ◇
Editor in charge: Zheng Hua