By Lee I-chia / Staff reporterFitness gyms are not allowed to prohibit members from transferring unused portions of their memberships, including personal trainer courses, to other consumers, the Consumer Protection Committee said. A total of 75 consumer dispute cases associated with transferring gym memberships and personal trainer courses were filed last year, the association said, adding that gyms have used different excuses to forbid transfers or require additional payment. According to the Mandatory and Prohibitory Provisions to be Included in Standard-Form Contracts for Fitness Centers (健身中心定型化契約應記載及不得記載事項), consumers have the right to transfer their memberships to other people, the committee said. Gyms are not allowed to request a transaction fee exceeding NT$300 for a membership transfer and cannot forbid or charge any fee for the transfer of personal trainer courses, it said. The majority of cases were caused by unreasonable rules imposed by the gyms, the committee said, urging consumers to assert their rights and for gym companies to heed the law.
Source: Taipei Times January 13, 2018 15:56 UTC