Proposed penalties in train crash report too light: minister

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/13
By: Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Wednesday

Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) / CNA file photo

that the punishments recommended by a government committee against the people deemed responsible for a fatal train crash last year were inadequate.

Lin, who took office as transportation minster on Jan. 14, said he has returned the report to the committee and asked for a revised one, mainly because the recommended penalties were too light.

Once the causes of the Puyuma Express train accident have been investigated and it has been determined who was responsible, appropriate punishment should be meted out, he said.

For sake of the families of the 18 people who died in the crash, the 200 who were injured and the public, the blame should not be placed only on the shoulders of the train driver, Lin said.    [FULL  STORY]

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