With the aging of society, and in order to meet the transportation needs of the disabled, the Department of Transportation, Taipei City Government has been vigorously promoting a low-floor bus policy. Between 2007 and 2009, a total of 357 low-floor buses were put into service on 15 major routes, outstripping the original target of introducing 300 such buses.
Low-floor buses are designed for passenger convenience, with interior floors less than 35 centimeters from the ground. These buses also have entry ramps and can incline to one side for easier, safer and more efficient boarding and exit.
The bus cabins are stair-free and have one to two barrier-free wheelchair spots with safety belts and other design touches to provide a friendlier and more comfortable riding space for wheelchair users. The buses also meet strict environmental protection standards, reducing exhaust, saving energy and cutting carbon emissions.
In line with the promotion of a barrier-free transportation environment, the Taipei City Public Transportation Office also asks bus operators to strengthen driver training in the areas of stopping close to curbs and helping disabled passengers to board and exit the bus as well as to upgrade the overall level of bus services.
In October of 2017, there were 2,820 low-floor buses in Taipei City, accounting for 80% of the total number of buses.
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