Ministry says bus age not the main safety priority

CRASH CONCERNS: The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said that driver behavior, frequency of bus use and maintenance are more significant factors

Taipei Times
Date: May 28, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday expressed reservations

The logo of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taipei is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Cheng Wei-chi, Taipei Times

about using vehicle age as a standard to remove tour buses from the roads, saying that it is not the only factor affecting transportation safety.

Tour bus safety has become a top concern following fatal incidents involving tour buses, including a Feb. 14, 2017, crash that killed 33 people and injured 11 on the Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Freeway (Freeway No. 5) in Taipei’s Muzha (木柵) area.

At a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee yesterday, lawmakers proposed amendments to the Highway Act (公路法) to enhance tour bus safety.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator John Wu (吳志揚) said that the ministry should set up a mechanism that looks at vehicle age, mileage, maintenance records and other criteria to determine whether a bus should be removed from service.    [FULL  STORY]

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