Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Residents of the eastern county of Taitung are queuing to get a clean start for their cars this Lunar New Year thanks to a car wash staffed by local inmates looking for their own kind of squeaky clean start. The car wash program is run by Taitung-based Taiwan Yanwan Training Institute under the Agency of Corrections, which says its car washes have seen increasing revenues since the program was opened several years ago. Lines for the car wash have been so long ahead of the six-day holiday, which starts Jan. 30, that those in charge have had to limit washes to 35 cars per day, the institute said. The car washes have earned a loyal customer base, the institute said, for its good service and low prices -- about a quarter of market prices.
The opportunity to work there is a reward for inmates who have served a particular amount of time and shown good behavior. The eight inmates working at the wash benefit from the program, too, being able to earn an average of NT$40,000 (US$1,325) to NT$50,000 each month, according to the institute. (By Tyson Lu and James Lee)