The Plan implementation period started on January 20, 2021 and ended on December 20, 2021. All motorcycle exhaust inspection stations in Taipei were audited during this period. The objective was to raise the quality and credibility of inspection performed by motorcycle exhaust inspection stations in Taipei while ensuring the motorcycle exhaust inspection stations performed motorcycle inspection effective and maintained the quality of inspection at the stations. Furthermore, to remind motorcycle owners to complete periodic motorcycle exhaust inspection as scheduled, motorcycle exhaust inspection notice slips were prepared and mailed out at the same time. In addition, deterrents for highly-polluting vehicles and related subsidies were aligned with accelerated replacement of old motorcycles and campaigns for low-polluting electric two-wheeled vehicles and Phase 7 environmentally friendly motorcycles. The preliminary end-of-term report based on the work agreement was submitted on November 19, 2021. The data and results are as follows:
I. Raise the service quality and credibility of motorcycle exhaust inspection stations
561 station audits were completed in the year. In response to the national epidemic alert being raised to Level 3 in May, the Department of Environmental Protection agreed to suspend these audits until the pandemic improved. Errors included not displaying qualification certificates, computer irregularities, whether none of the staff was onsite and not displaying signs, and failure to suspend inspection when required. Instructions were promptly given to motorcycle exhaust inspection stations with identified errors for improvement to be made right away, or would be required to pass a second inspection to be performed by an auditor who would return in 3 days (excluding holidays). Further ongoing audits were performed according to the motorcycle exhaust inspection station quality classification system.
II. Ensure motorcycle exhaust inspection stations perform exhaust inspection and station administration effectively
(I) Auditor education and training
The Plan hosted one training session for auditors on February 24, 2021. The scope of training covered an introduction to the Plan, execution methods, and work allocation. Standard operating procedures and hands-on training on gas comparison in the analyzers were strengthened to enable all workers in the plan to maintain the level of execution quality for the Plan.
(II) Auditor Education and Training
Two online training sessions, from June 3, 2021 to June 10, 2021 and from October 28, 2021 to November 4, 2021, were organized for inspection personnel. 533 people had completed the course, and the other 12 were alerted to the requirement to register for training provided by the Environmental Protection Administration or other cities. In addition to explaining the law in the "Regulations for the Establishment and Management of Air Pollutant Emissions Inspection Stations" and the "Regulations for Reviewing Permits for Taipei City Motorcycle Emissions Air Pollutants", the training courses counted and reviewed quality errors from the previous year (2020) at the motorcycle exhaust inspection stations, and reiterated important information to the motorcycle exhaust inspection stations. Arrangements were made for the software supplier to produce information videos on the manual calibration procedure for emission analyzer. City hospital nurses were invited to educate the public on the effects of exhaust on the human body and offer suggestions on preventive care and to advise motorcycle exhaust inspection stations on how to stay healthy and safe during a pandemic.
III. Prepare periodic motorcycle exhaust inspection notice slips and notify motorcycle owners registered in Taipei to complete inspection
A total of 627,663 period motorcycle inspection notice slips were mailed out in the year, and 2,846 or 0.45% were rejected. All rejections were filed for record.
IV. Connect regularly with motorcycle exhaust inspection stations and strengthen inspection data audits
To make data processing more efficient and facilitate data analysis in the future, the Plan maintains the "Taipei City Motorcycle Exhaust Inspection Station Tracking System", which provides inspection and audit data from the motorcycle exhaust inspection stations in real time. The system also supports online registration for training courses, and offers statistical features in a monitoring and assisting capacity.
V. Advertise subsidies for replacement of old motorcycles for electric two-wheeled vehicles or Phase 7 fossil fuel vehicles and purchases of new electric motorcycles
The Department of Environmental Protection of Taipei City Government takes subsidies from the Environmental Protection Administration of the Executive Yuan to subsidize accelerated replacement of old motorcycles for low-polluting electric two-wheeled vehicles or Phase 7 fossil fuel vehicles and purchases of new electric motorcycles. As of the end of October, 1,932 old motorcycles were replaced by electric two-wheeled vehicles and 8,784 by Phase 7 fossil fuel vehicles, and 4,677 new electric motorcycles were purchased.
VI. Success in reducing air pollution from motorcycle exhaust in the city
29,791 Phases 1 to 4 old motorcycles were replaced, 4,599 of which were two-stroke vehicles and 25,192 were four-stroke vehicles. It was calculated that the replacement reduced CO emissions by 302.91 tons/yr, NMHC emissions by 107.91 tons/yr and NOx emissions by 26.53 tons/yr.