The purpose of this project is to accelerate the replacement of old heavy-duty diesel vehicles in Taiwan through economic incentives. Incentives include subsidies for purchasing new vehicles and interests on bank loans, credit guarantee when purchasing vehicles, and tax reductions and exemptions to lower the vehicle price. This project establishes detailed review procedures and standards according to related guidelines and regulations, so that the incentives can be widely promoted based on the principles of fair, just, and open. Application documents are reviewed and adjusted during the project duration. As of the end of December 2022, a total of 30 credit guarantee cases, 186 interest subsidy cases were processed and reviewed. A total of 20 credit guarantee cases and 115 interest subsidy cases were approved after review, and written preliminary review opinions were provided for each case based on review results. In terms of processing efficiency, it takes an average of only 13.0 days from when a case is accepted to when a letter is issued.
To determine if approved cases are being successfully carried out, including whether or not companies that received subsidies are using and properly maintaining the newly purchased vehicles, and whether or not credit guarantee and interest subsidies are being successfully provided on the banking end, this project conducts on-site inspections and sampling inspections of cases, and submitted the "proposal for conducting on-site inspections and visits for old diesel vehicle replacement cases and on-site sampling inspections of vehicles" on April 8, 2021. This project completed on-site inspections of banks for 20 credit guarantee cases and sampling inspections of vehicles for 60 interest subsidy cases.
Application for tariff reduction and exemption cases implemented in this project has relaxed application requirements because of Customs Import Tariff amended in December 2021. Therefore, the applicants who is eligible for tariff reduction and exemption from July 26, 2019 can promote applications. A total of 17,410 tariff reduction and exemption cases were applied for review. The project actively help resolving application concerns and track down difficulties which is derived from cooperating with different departments in order to protect the rights of car owners. The discussing meetings which invite Customs Administration, Customs and major diesel vehicle manufacturers for consolidating consensus and problem analysis were hold during the project period (May 23, 2022 and October 28, 2022).
As for system implementation, the promotion section was completed on November 22, 2019. The management end for 3 review sub-systems was completed on March 17, 2020, and the review of new cases and customer service operations are all carried out using the system. Source code analysis was conducted for information security before this project's system was launched. Items that were analyzed include vulnerabilities announced by information security organizations, such as the latest version top 10 security issues of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), in order to ensure application security.
This project has completed 6 events for policy promotion, including key points of related laws. Information on guidelines and subsidy regulations, how to apply in accordance with the law, consulting customer services, and the guidance application function of the promotion platform are explained during promotion events, which have a Q＆A as well. Feedback from different parties are also collected and serve as a basis for subsequent improvements. In addition, this project uses a variety of methods for promotion, including designing a policy introduction for dummies and flyers, which condense details of policies and using simple descriptions with graphics to express the core spirit of policies. The materials are distributed through different channels to increase exposure, so that companies not only become aware, but are also interested.