Solar Bus to End 4 Routes Next Feb. 日統發文監理所 4路線營運至明年2/4

Following the closure of Aloha Transport, Solar Bus also submitted its notice to the authorities, saying it will end four high-way routes next February. Many long-time passengers said it's a pity. 


Solar Bus, which has been providing its highway bus service in the Yunlin area for nearly 25 years, informed the Chiayi Motor Vehicles Office at the end of October this year, that it will end four routes from Douliu, Beigang, Sihu, and Minsyong to Taipei on February 4 2022. Many people in Yunlin said it's a pity.

Yunlin Resident: “If they stop, we have to go back to Sihu because there is no train. It's like there will be no more public transportation so it would be very inconvenient.”

Yunlin Resident: “If you discontinue one route, their northern destination seems to be concentrated near Sanchong and Banqiao. But Ubus is set up on the other side.”

Lin I-feng, Chairperson, Solar Bus Company: “This is not a financial problem. We have good credit. I can't understand why you don't give a positive response when operators such as us come up with such a good plan? Public transportation in rural areas should be more evenly distributed.”

Solar Bus is considered a regional operator. At stake are the rights of Yunlin and Chiayi passengers, especially the elderly. However, Solar Bus stated that to improve passenger experience, the company plans to purchase new buses. Although its investment application has been approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the bank has agreed to the loan, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' regulations state the company can only implement its plan on a trial basis. Thus, Solar Bus simply gave up four routes. The Chiayi Motor Vehicles Office said it will continue talks with the company.

Huang Ming-sheng, Deputy Director, Chiayi Motor Vehicles Office: “We as a government institution will try our best to assist each company and their needs. We never said we would not help. This is because they want to buy new vehicles as part of the investment. We continue to communicate with them.”

Chiayi Motor Vehicles Office stated that Solar Bus' operation is stable and it will continue discussions with the company. If Solar Bus no longer operates the routes next year, the motor vehicles office will initiate its backup plan to have other operators take over the routes so there are no interruptions to rural public transport. 

 

 

 

在雲林地區經營國道路線將近25年的日統公司,今年10月底發文告知嘉義區監理所,包括斗六、北港、四湖和民雄到台北的四條路線,將在明年2月4日不再續營,讓雲林許多民眾覺得可惜。

有雲林民眾表示:「如果停駛我們要回四湖,因為也沒有火車可以坐,等於都沒車了,所以這樣會很不方便。」

另外也有雲林民眾說:「你如果少一個路線,它北部好像集中在三重、板橋附近,但統聯就在另外一邊位置。」

日統公司董事長林義風指出:「我不是財務上的問題,我信用做得很好,我是看不慣為什麼業者要做這那麼好的計劃,你們沒鼓勵,還有的沒有,對偏鄉這大眾運輸分配要平均點。」

日統客運屬地方型業者,攸關雲林、嘉義,特別是老年族群的搭車權益,但日統公司表示,為了改善客運環境,公司規劃購車案,雖然通過經濟部申請投資案,銀行也同意貸款,但卡在交通部法規只能試辦,公司乾脆放棄續營國道4路線,對此公路總局嘉義區監理所會持續溝通。

嘉義區監理所副所長黃明聲提到:「各家公司有任何需求,我們站在公部門都是極力協助他們,絕對沒有說不協助的,應該是投資的部分,因為它可能要買新車輛,所以我們持續跟它溝通。」

嘉義區監理所表示,日統客運經營穩定,會持續向日統客運再溝通協調,若如果到明年日統客運不再續營,監理所也會因應準備備案,由其他業者支援不讓客運路線中斷,影響到偏鄉民眾搭車方便性。

 

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