Starting this month, vehicle owners who are transporting pigs to slaughterhouses in Taiwan will face fines if they have not installed a GPS tracker in their vehicles. Move to install GPS tracker is a measure to lower the potential effect of African swine fever that enters Taiwan. The Council of Agriculture told about the issue on 2nd July.
Pig transportation from farms to slaughterhouses is one of the biggest reason for virus transmission in Taiwan. The virus is also transmitted to other places where pigs are transported. In March, the council had amended regulation to require GPS tracking devices and after that almost 1425 pig transport vehicles have been installed with GPS tracking devices as of 30th June, while 565 vehicles have remained.
Starting this month onwards, transporters who will transport live pigs would face fines from NT$3,000 to NT$15,000 under the Animal Protection Act, if the vehicles have not installed GPS or turned off while in use. Owners who would transport pork or pig parts will also be fined with the same amount under the Animal Industry Act, according to Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Meat Inspection division director Rocky Lin.
Council of Agriculture would continue to subsidize the installation of GPS trackers, as well as their mobile Internet fees for two years. The council’s Information Management Center developed a platform to collect the data being obtained from GPS trackers and bureau and local government official will put surveillance on all the vehicles, transporting pigs. The council may also go through the past traveling history of the transporters.