To help cut down accidents and speed up traffic in Taipei, Formosa, the Government is operating a scheme to take about 10,000 old pedicabs off the streets of the capital.
To help cut down accidents and speed up traffic in Taipei, Formosa, the Government is operating a scheme to take about 10,000 old pedicabs off the streets of the capital. They will be replaced by nearly 2,000 taxi-cabs, imported from Japan, within the next three years.
There are 20,000 pedicabs in the city - 5,000 of them privately owned. The Government has stopped issuing new licenses, and pedicab drivers are being urged to turn in their vehicles for scrapping. For each one that is turned in, the owner receives half the cost of a new one.
A special committee, formed by ten Taipei taxi companies, aims to put a new taxi on the streets every time an old pedicab is handed in. The majority of pedicab drivers seem to have found the arrangement satisfactory .. some, in fact, are going into the taxi business themselves with the money received from handing over their old pedicabs.
While they are forming their own taxi company they are learning how to drive a car. The taxi-cab is still relatively new to the people of Taipei; they are not generally used until meter taxis were introduced to the public in 1959. Now, it's the end of the road for many of the outmoded pedicabs.