TRA seeks compensation from train maker, certifier

YILAN CRASH: Nippon Sharyo must take responsibility for the train’s design flaws, while Lloyd’s Register failed to pinpoint the problems, the railway agency said

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 06, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday said it is seeking compensation

The logo and name of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications are displayed at the ministry in Taipei on Nov. 2, 2017.Photo: Cheng Wei-chi, Taipei Times

from the manufacturer of a Puyuma train model involved in a deadly derailment in October last year and a third-party quality certification provider.

The Japanese manufacturer, Nippon Sharyo, a subsidiary of Central Japan Railway Co, is responsible for the train’s design flaws, while British certification provider Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance failed to pinpoint the problems, a TRA official said.

TRA’s lawyers are drafting a letter to Sumitomo Corp, the bidder for the procurement project, asking it to pass the information to Nippon Sharyo, said Sung Hung-kang (宋鴻康), head of the TRA’s Rolling Stock Department.

The TRA plans is to take the same action against Lloyd’s, Sung said, adding that the letters are expected to be sent by the end of this month.    [FULL  STORY]

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