More demerits for ex-TRA directors over derailment

PENDING APPROVAL: The Executive Yuan has yet to green light the list of TRA employees to be punished over the incident and the demerits they would receive

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 18, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Three former director-generals of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) are expected to receive heavier administrative penalties in connection with the derailment of a Puyuma Express train in Yilan County on Oct. 21 last year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday.

The ministry on Monday last week had expanded the list of TRA personnel to receive punishments to 30, including train driver Yu Cheng-chung (尤振仲).

Lin, who took office on Jan. 14, had made it clear that he felt the punishments initially handed out by the Railway Bureau were too light, and last month he rejected a second round of punishments recommended by the bureau on the grounds that no changes had been made to the original disciplinary measures.

Lin yesterday said that following the agency’s investigation, the penalties were being increased, although the ministry was still waiting for the Executive Yuan to approve the revised list of TRA personnel subject to punishment.    [FULL  STORY]

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