TWO STRIKES: The freeway bus operator faces harsher punishment for labor law infractions that could have contributed to the crash, its second in as many years
Date: Jun 12, 2019
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
Aloha Bus Co (阿羅哈客運) has become the subject of an inspection by the Directorate-General of Highwaysafter one of its buses ran off an embankment on the Sun Yat-Sen Freeway (Freeway No. 1) in Changhua County on Monday night, killing three people and injuring 13.
The deadly accident was the freeway bus operator’s second in the past two years. The first was on Sept. 11, 2017, when one of its buses went out of control and hit a barrier in the northbound section of Freeway No. 1 in Kaohsiung’s Gangshan District (岡山).
The driver of the bus involved in Monday’s crash, surnamed Kuo (郭), has a good record as a commercial vehicle driver, agency records show.
He has committed minor traffic infractions when driving his personal car, but he paid the fines, and the bus recently passed an inspection, with another scheduled for July 18, the records show.
Kuo on Sunday drove 4 hours, 16 minutes from Taipei to Kaohsiung. On Monday, he departed Kaohsiung at noon and arrived in Taipei at 6pm. After resting for about an hour, he drove south again, the records show.