Drivers Say MOTC Plan Violates Their Rights|用ETC抓國道超速? 引民眾質疑政府搶錢

The transportation ministry plans to use ETC technology enforcement on national highways to catch speeding drivers. Many people do not like the idea and say the government just wants to make money. But the ministry says technology enforcement can lower risks for police and other countries are using this technology. A trial period will start in July at New Taipei City's Wanli Tunnel.

In April, two highway police were killed by a speeding truck. Afterwards, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications consulted with experts about using technology enforcement to catch speeding drivers.

We often see many vehicles traveling at a speed of 150, 170, even 200 (kilometers per hour). These vehicles are a danger not only to other drivers, but to law enforcement as well.

The ministry says it will use interval average speed, which takes both time and speed into account, to issue fines. The trial phase will start on July 1 at New Taipei City's Wanli Tunnel. Automatic number-plate recognition systems will be installed at both ends of the tunnel. In the second phase, the program will be expanded to mountainous roads including Beiyi Highway and Provincial Highway 3. In the third phase, the program may be expanded to all highways using the existing ETC network.

ETC is supposed to make our lives more convenient. It's not meant to be a technology enforcement tool.

The government can't do this even if it needs money.

The ministry says Europe and the U.S. have been using this method for years and speeding violations have declined a lot. There are currently 333 ETC stations around Taiwan. As a private company operates the system, however, many people say the government is violating their rights by using the system to catch speeding drivers.