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Slow Down at Intersections to Protect the Safety of Pedestrians!
Slow Down at Intersections to Protect the Safety of Pedestrians!
Over the last 5 years (2014-2018), the number of fatalities caused by A1 type traffic accidents amounted to 8,129 persons, of which 1,122 were pedestrians (accounting for 13.8%). In particular, pedestrians as First Party (one with greater traffic accident responsibility according to preliminary investigation) amounted to 345 persons (30.75%), while Non-First Party pedestrians amounted to 777 persons (69.25%), indicating that roughly 70% of pedestrian fatalities were the victims of traffic accidents. In light of this, the annual number of "vehicle not yielding to pedestrian" cases and "pedestrian violations" was respectively 10,680 and 19,357 cases over the last 5 years.
When approaching an intersection, the driver should slow down and yield to pedestrians, while the pedestrians should walk on pedestrian crossing and obey the traffic light, never go through red light or take short cuts for the sake of convenience. In addition, pedestrians should wear brightly colored clothing at night to increase visibility. Let's work together to enhance traffic safety because it is our collective responsibility.
Land use investigation is open now!!
Land use investigation is open now!!
The results of land use investigation (LUI) provide an important reference for socioeconomic development and land use planning. Therefore, LUI has been held since 2006. The content of LUI is divided into nine categories, including agriculture, forest, transportation, water, building, public, recreation, mining and salt, and others. The forest land was used over 2.15 million hectares, ranking first in the country, and the agricultural land over 740,000 hectares come in second. The third place (excluding other use land) is building land which was more than 180,000 hectares. The above three catagories accounts for 84% of the national land. For more information, please refer to the land use investigation Website (https://www.nlsc.gov.tw/LUI/Home/Content_Home.aspx).
Listen to PBS to Obtain Traffic Information – Keep Your Company throughout Your Journey with Outstanding Service
Listen to PBS to Obtain Traffic Information – Keep Your Company throughout Your Journey with Outstanding Service
Police Broadcasting Service, National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior consists of 8 branch stations, and it is the only 24-hour live broadcasting service in the country that aspires to convey the wonderful sounds of love and care to the nationwide audience. In 2018, PBS assisted in 211,269 cases, consisting of mainly the provision of traffic information (more than 173,000 cases) accounting for 82.19% of total cases. The traffic information service hotline (0800-000123) facilitates drivers to respond to traffic conditions and choose alternate routes in advance. In addition, PBS’s scope of service has been expand expanding to incorporate lost and found (21,000 cases in 2018), missing persons, emergency blood transfusion, typhoon information, and earthquake reports, etc., providing the public with timely assistance in the event of an emergency via radio broadcasting.
How Common is it to Find Villages Where Over Half of Their Residents Have an Identical Surname?
How Common is it to Find Villages Where Over Half of Their Residents Have an Identical Surname?
In order to ascertain the development and distribution of surnames in the country, the Ministry published the National Surname Statistical Analysis in October 2018, exploring the correlation between surnames, villages. In 7,761 villages throughout Taiwan, 149 of them have a population where over half of their residents have the same surname. When examined from a municipal level, Yunlin County ranks top with 48 villages, followed by Changhua County and Chiayi County with 34 and 31 respectively. If reviewed according to region, most of these villages are located in 11 municipalities including south of Taichung City, Penghu County, and Kinmen County. In north Taiwan, Taoyuan City is the only candidate with one village. In terms of the ratio of the most prominent surname within these villages, the surname Liu in Liujia villages in Kaohsiung City takes the crown with 69.81%, followed by the surname Lin in Lincuo Village, Yunlin County with 65.46% and the surname Lin in Linjia villages in Kaohsiung City with 54.47%.
Building a beautiful homeland-urban land consolidation programs
Building a beautiful homeland-urban land consolidation programs
In order to promote land use, sound city integral development and enhance public construction, from 1958 to 2018, 1,040 districts, totaling 16,853 hectares, had been completed under urban land consolidation programs nation-wide. As a result of these urban land consolidation programs, the local government has made 10,819 hectares for building purposes(64.2%), and 5,703 hectares of land available for public facilities(33.8%).
The land for public facilities includes 3,193 hectares of roads(56.0%), 509 hectares of neighborhood parks(8.9%), 384 hectares of primary schools and junior high schools(6.7%), 120 hectares of green fields(2.1%) and 1,497 hectares of other.

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Holders of ROC ePassport Aged 16 and Above May Enjoy Express Customs Clearance Service in Australia
Holders of ROC ePassport Aged 16 and Above May Enjoy Express Customs Clearance Service in Australia
Holders of valid ROC ePassport aged 16 and above may clear customs in Australia without prior registration or biometric data. The 2-stage verification method is applied; if the ROC national is entering Australia for the first time, the system will compare the traveler's data with the visa database and store the photo and personal information contained in the passport. If the system verifies that the traveler qualifies for SmartGate, a small card will be issued for the traveler to take to the second stage of the verification process. After inserting the small card into the facial recognition reader, the traveler should stand upright in front of the reader, which will scan the facial features of the traveler and compare them with the passport photo retrieved at the kiosk. If the information match, the gate will open, allowing the traveler to pass through. ROC nationals may now enjoy this fast, convenient customs clearance service!
 Lowering of the Language Proficiency Standard for Naturalization
Lowering of the Language Proficiency Standard for Naturalization
Standards for Identification of Basic Language Abilities and General Knowledge of the Rights and Duties of Naturalized ROC Citizens was promulgated on June 3, 2017; for the following 3 conditions including foreign spouses who have divorced an ROC national due to domestic violence and have not since remarried, or their ROC spouse has died and they have not remarried who had been married to an ROC national for at least two years, or who can demonstrate they remain in contact with family members of their deceased spouse, support their children who possess ROC nationality and who are legally incompetent or have limited legal competence, exercise rights and obligations on behalf of such children, and meet and interact in person with them, they are entitled to less stringent regulations applicable to foreign spouses when applying for naturalization in terms of basic proficiency in the national language of the ROC and basic knowledge of the rights and obligations of ROC nationals. For instance, when attending courses conducted by the Taiwanese government, the total number of hours required in the class is decreased from 200 hours to 72 hours, and the passing score for the naturalization test is reduced from 70 points to 60 points.
Digital Photos May be Used when Applying for National ID Card – Saving Time and Money
Digital Photos May be Used when Applying for National ID Card – Saving Time and Money
In order to realize the policy of offering the public convenient and citizen-friendly services and to improve the quality of National ID cards, starting on July 3, 2017, citizens may click on Online Application on the Department of Household Registration, MOI's official website (https://www.ris.gov.tw), then click National ID Card Photo Upload, enter their ID number, registered place of domicile, date of birth, and verification number in order to upload their digital photos. After uploading, approach the household registration office service counter to apply for your National ID Card, and the household registration office will download your digital photo to produce your National ID Card. There is no more need to submit photo hard copies, saving your time and money, so everyone is welcome to take advantage of the convenient service!
Foreign students and Overseas Chinese students Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao students Nationals without registered household in the Taiwan Area (Students) Online Application System
Foreign students and Overseas Chinese students Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao students Nationals without registered household in the Taiwan Area (Students) Online Application System
The National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior provides online application for foreign students, overseas Chinese students, Mainland China students, Hong Kong and Macao students, and Nationals-without-registered-household-in-the-Taiwan-Area students to apply for Alien Resident Certificate and exit & entry permit. The Student Online Application System offers services 24 hours, all year round and in addition to the newly added feature of “pay at 4 major convenience stores in Taiwan”, which provides students to pay at the convenience store nearby. We welcome you to give it a try!
To submit online application for a foreigner to study religious doctrine in Taiwan is now available
To submit online application for a foreigner to study religious doctrine in Taiwan is now available
Starting from September 1, applicants may choose to submit applications through online submission or the existing paper-based submission.

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