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Q&A of Taipei City's Provision of Fire Channels

1.Q: What is a "fire exit"?A: The fire passage means the road leading to areas with difficulty in fire rescue or disaster relief, or the existing road in this city with a width of less than 7.5 meters and a distance of more than 140 meters from buildings that are inhabited or used by people (the length of the road in Nangdi Road) Above 140 meters, the length of the two-way connecting road is more than 280 meters) to establish fire-fighting channels.
 
2.Q: What is meant by "difficult areas for fire rescue"?A: A difficult area for fire rescue refers to a place or area that has factors such as prolonged burning, lack of water, difficulty in refuge and escape, sheltering vulnerable people, storing a large amount of flammable or dangerous goods, etc., which may cause heavy casualties. Because of this place (Region) In the event of an emergency, if firefighters cannot rush to the scene immediately to rescue, it is very likely to cause heavy casualties and property losses. The identified items are as follows:
  (1)There are more than 50 multi-span brick and wooden buildings.
  (2) Areas with dense buildings and lack of water sources.
  (3) The business area of ​​the Class A basement is more than 5000 square meters.
  (4) High-rise buildings above 20 stories.
  (5) Welfare institutions with disabilities, nursing institutions for the elderly with more than 20 beds, and hospitals with more than 100 inpatient beds.
  (6) MRT underground station and MRT underground shopping street.
  (7) Mechanical closed parking tower.
  (8) Department stores and large-scale stores with a floor area of ​​more than 3000 square meters.
  (9) Other places that are determined to be prone to spreading, causing serious casualties, or difficulty in refuge and escape.
 
3.Q: Why do we need to set up a fire exit?A: In order to ensure that rescue vehicles (including fire trucks, engineering rescue vehicles, police vehicles, etc.) go to the disaster site in time when urban disasters such as earthquakes, floods, fires, etc. occur, the government must pass for disaster relief in areas with difficult fire rescues in Taipei City. The roads and existing roads in Taipei City whose width is less than 7.5 meters are directly connected to the roads that are inhabited or used by buildings. Among them, rescue vehicles (fire trucks, engineering rescue vehicles, police vehicles, etc.) can reach areas (such as Alleyway), fire exits shall be established on roads more than 140 meters away from buildings that are inhabited or used, and stop control measures shall be implemented. In the event of an accident in the above-mentioned areas, if rescue vehicles cannot arrive at the scene immediately, firefighters must spend a lot of time busy deploying fire water lines, carrying disaster relief equipment or using mobile fire pumps to enter the disaster relief area, which will affect the timeliness of disaster relief and Extend the disaster, and it is very likely to cause major injuries.

4.Q: Why can't fire compartments (alleys) be designated as fire passages?A: The relevant fire compartments (alleys) are stipulated in Articles 110 and 110-1 of the Building Technical Regulations, which are the powers and responsibilities of the Municipal Construction Management Office. The function of fire compartments (alleys) is mainly to ensure that adjacent buildings or bases are When a fire occurs, the fire source will not spread to other places, and non-fire vehicles will pass on the main road.

5.Q: Can I apply for the designation of a fire exit or a red line forbidden if it does not meet the requirements for fire exit designation?A: It does not meet the requirements for establishing fire exits, but there are still two ways to meet your suggested requirements.
  (1)Delineation of passages through community opinion surveys through neighborhoods: As long as the proportion of residents on both sides of the road agreeing to be designated as fire passages exceeds 50% of the total number of households on both sides, the district office can pass through the district office Apply to this bureau to be designated as a fire exit.
  (2)To apply for the establishment of a red line forbidden to stop by the Traffic Control Engineering Office of this city: Please send the information to the 7th floor of No. 300 Songde Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City; the fax method is 2759-9724, and please specify when applying. Want to apply for the name of the lane, the reason for the application and the contact information.

6.Q: If the fire exit is found to be parking illegally, which unit should be reported to?A: The "fire passage" must maintain a clear width of at least 3.5 meters. The police agency bans illegal parking by prohibiting the red line as a law enforcement requirement. The markings of the road fire passage are only to indicate the classification of the roadway for passers-by. There is no law enforcement requirement. Fire passages are designated The red line section is prohibited from parking 24 hours a day, and towing and reporting are given priority, so that fire-fighting vehicles can approach the rescue mission at the first time when a disaster occurs, and strive for the time limit for disaster relief. If you find illegal parking, please report it to the police station: 110.

7.Q: What is the basis for the establishment of fire exits?A: The city’s designation of fire exits is based on the "Administrative Enforcement Law", "Parking Lot Law", "Road Traffic Management Penalty Regulations", "Road Traffic Safety Rules", and the Ministry of the Interior stipulated the "Guiding Principles for Designing Fire Vehicle Disaster Relief Activities Space" "And "Taipei City Fire Channel Design and Management Procedures".

8.Q: How to apply for the establishment of fire exits? Where can I inquire or which unit can I ask?A: If you have any Qs about applying for fire exits, please inquire or contact us in the following ways.
  (1)Taipei City Government Fire Department website https://www.119.gov.taipei
  (2)Disaster Rescue Section, Fire Department, Taipei City Government
  (3)Address: No. 1, Songren Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City
  (4)Tel: (02) 2729-7668 ext. 6314, 6315, 6316, 6323 and 6324
  (5)Fax: (02) 2758-7579
  (6)E-Mail: tfd119@tfd.gov.tw

9.Q: What is a Category A place?A: Category A places refer to places for the purposes listed in Article 12, paragraph 1, item 1 of the "Standards for the Installation of Fire Safety Equipment in Various Places", including theaters, movie theaters, karaoke halls, dance halls, night clubs, clubs, nursing homes, audio-visual Singing venues, restaurants (shops), bowling alleys, assembly halls, restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals, saunas and other places.

10.Q: How to apply for the designation (or cancellation) of fire exits?
A: The public can write a letter to the Taipei City Government Fire Department (8th Floor, Songren Road, Taipei City) or fax (02-27587579) to the Taipei City Government Fire Department, stating the location, attaching a sketch map and leaving contact information. The government fire department will evaluate and process in accordance with relevant regulations.

11.Q: What is the principle of no-stop red line for fire exits?
A: If the fire exit is less than 5.5 meters, a red line or marking sidewalk shall be drawn on both sides for prohibiting temporary parking; if the fire exit is more than 5.5 meters but less than 7.5 meters, a red line or marking sidewalk shall be drawn on one side to prohibit temporary parking. ; It is forbidden to stop within 10 meters of the intersection of the fire passage and within 5 meters of the fire hydrant, and a red line or marking sidewalk for temporary parking shall be designated.

12.Q: Why is the width of the fire channel less than 5.5 meters forbidden to park on both sides?
A: In order to facilitate rescue vehicles to perform disaster prevention and relief tasks, the fire channel should maintain a clear width of 3.5 meters or more. Considering the width of roadside parking is 2 meters, if the road less than 5.5 meters is parked, the clear road width will be reduced If it is less than 3.5 meters, it will affect the passage of fire-fighting vehicles for disaster relief. Therefore, a red line or marking-line sidewalk that prohibits temporary parking should be established on both sides.

13.Q: Why is the width of the fire channel more than 5.5 meters but less than 7.5 meters, and parking is prohibited unilaterally?
A: In order to facilitate rescue vehicles to perform disaster prevention and relief tasks, the fire channel should maintain a clear width of 3.5 meters or more. Considering that the width of the roadside parking is 2 meters, the roads above 5.5 meters and less than 7.5 meters should be bilateral For parking, the clear road width will be less than 3.5 meters, which will affect the passage of fire-fighting vehicles for disaster relief. Therefore, a red line or marking sidewalk that prohibits temporary parking should be drawn unilaterally.

14.Q: Why do we need to tow the fire channel?
A: In order to prevent illegal parking on the roadside from affecting the passage of rescue vehicles and hindering the implementation of disaster relief tasks, the police station of the prefectural police department has announced that the fire station will affect the alleys and roads (ie "fire access") leading to areas with difficulty in fire rescue and traffic in the city. After the Control Engineering Office draws the legal prohibition mark, it will strictly enforce the ban on reporting, towing and removal 24 hours a day in accordance with the law to ensure that the city’s fire exits are clear and the relief vehicles can pass smoothly

15.Q: Why is towing still executed after 21:00?
A: In accordance with Article 169 of the Rules for Road Traffic Signs and Markings, the prohibition of temporary parking on the red line is 24 hours a day. In addition, in accordance with the regulations for the management of illegally parked vehicles towing and storage operations, in order to ensure the clear space of the fire channels in this city, this According to the law, the government enforced the ban on reporting and towing and removal 24 hours a day in order to prevent problems before they happen.

16.Q: How can I find out the location of fire escapes, the designated areas, and the areas with difficulty in rescue in Taipei City?
A: The list of fire control passages in this city and areas with difficulty in rescue are announced on the website of the Fire Bureau (https://www.119.gov.taipei, path: Homepage /Fire passage and areas with difficulty in rescue) Inquiry), and updated regularly, you are welcome to check online at any time

17.Q: What is the no-stop time for the red line in the fire exit? (Provided by Transportation Engineering Office)
A: According to Article 169 of the Road Traffic Signs and Marking Rules, the red line prohibits parking time for 24 hours a day. If it is necessary to shorten it, it should be marked with a sign and attached plate. Therefore, unless there are other signs and signs attached to the site, the red line is forbidden to stop all day.

18.Q: Is there any notice before the red line is drawn in the laneway? (Provided by Transportation Engineering Office)
A: Yes. In order to inform the public that the lane has been planned as a fire exit, the fire department of the prefectural government will announce the completion of the plan for 2 weeks and assist in the promotion through the neighborhood system. In addition, the traffic engineering department of the government will post a construction notice in the roadway to inform the public of the construction date before the construction is planned.

19.Q: In order to cooperate with the implementation of the prohibition measures for fire passages, what are the corresponding measures for the parking supply?
A: The government only provides public parking space. Residents should provide their own long-term parking needs. However, considering the implementation of parking control measures, private parking needs cannot be met in a short time. Therefore, the municipal parking management office reviews each fire channel one by one. In addition to urging outsourced operators to implement nightly discounted monthly passes or open night free parking for the parking rates of the surrounding public off-road, three-dimensional, underground, plane, square and under bridge parking lots, the public parking lots under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Parking Management Office also implement new parking rates. Measures such as increasing the number of night-time monthly tickets sold, reducing the night-time parking rate or the amount of night-time monthly tickets, etc., to discount local residents and provide people with night parking. In addition, for the parking lot information of each administrative area (including parking lot address, number of parking spaces, telephone number and rate, etc.), please visit the website of the Municipal Parking Administration (https://pma.gov.taipei) for inquiries, and citizens can use it more

20.Q: Is it possible to formulate and issue parking permits for specific residents to park their vehicles?
A: No. According to the letter from the Ministry of Transportation, the current no-parking measures only include the no-parking period and road section, and there is no authorization to have different control regulations for community residents and non-community residents. This means that the laneway parking space is open for public use, and community residents may not use it for exclusive use, nor may it restrict the parking of foreign vehicles. If parking permits are formulated for specific residents to park, and other residents or foreign vehicles are excluded, fairness doubts will arise. The formulation and issuance of community parking permits must also be coordinated with such control measures as certificate verification and fraudulent use. Under the circumstances that the current laws and regulations are unclear, follow-up management and enforcement are difficult in practice. Therefore, it is not feasible to formulate and issue parking permits for specific residents to park their vehicles.

21.Q: Can you provide relevant information about public off-street public parking lots in this city for the public to inquire about public off-street public parking lots available near their homes?
A: Yes. The parking management office of this city provides the latest "List of Public Off-Road Public Parking Lots in Taipei City" (including three-dimensional, underground, plane, square and under-bridge parking lots) information as attached, and can also go to the website of the city parking management office (https://pma. gov.taipei) Use parking facilities to link the parking geographic information query system to query related parking lot information.

22.Q: If the alley is too narrow and the fire engine cannot enter, how to rescue it
A: In the event of an emergency in the lane, the fire department will dispatch appropriate firefighting and disaster relief vehicles to rescue. If the width of the road at the scene is sufficient for firefighting and rescue vehicles to pass and operate, the fire and rescue vehicles will be driven directly into the scene to perform rescue tasks. The side parking caused the road width to be insufficient for fire and rescue vehicles to pass and operate. The fire and rescue vehicles will be parked at appropriate intersections nearby, and firefighters will deploy fire water lines to enter the rescue to maintain the safety of people’s lives and property in the area.