The Legislative Yuan adopted Articles 60 and 100 of People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act (hereinafter, the "Act") during the 19th Meeting of the 6th Session of the 8th Term on January 23, 2015. The Act as amended was promulgated by the President on February 4, 2015.
Article 60 of the Act as amended provides: "People with visual, hearing and physical functional disabilities accompanied by qualified guide dogs, hearing dogs or service dogs or professional trainers of guide dogs, hearing dogs or service dogs with cubs on training mission may freely access public areas, public buildings, business premises, public transports and other public facilities.
The owners, administrators or users of the public areas, public buildings, business premises, public transports and other public facilities set forth in the preceding paragraph shall neither charge additional fees for the guide cubs, hearing cubs, service cubs and qualified guide dogs, hearing dogs, and service dogs and nor refuse their free access or impose other access conditions.
When guide dogs, hearing dogs or service dogs guide people with visual, hearing or physical functional disability, other people shall not touch, feed or interfere with the guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs by any sound or gesture.
The rules for the qualifications and usage administration of qualified guide dogs, hearing dogs, service dogs and their cubs, as well as the recognition, cancellation or revocation of the training institutions thereof and other matters that shall be followed shall be set by the central competent authorities." To wit, the provisions which originally only applied to the visually impaired and guide dogs are extended to the hearing and physically disabled and hearing dogs and service dogs.
Article 100 of the Act as amended provides: "Those who violate Article 16, Paragraph 2 or Article 60, Paragraph 2 shall be ordered to rectify within a stated period; and failure to do so will result in a fine of NT$10,000 to NT$50,000 and the offender will be required to attend 4 hours of workshops." To wit, the original "penalties which may be imposed for each instance of violation" was deleted and the measure that an offender "shall be required to attend 4 hours of workshops" was added.