Holes in Rail Fences Found in Yilan Township 宜頭城鐵軌圍網有洞 農民圖方便違法闖越

Residents of Yilan’s Toucheng Township discovered that there were holes in the fences surrounding the tracks that allowed people to pass, which,could end up affecting train safety.


There is a big hole in the fence surrounding the train tracks. A pathway has also been marked out. The path used by people crossing this way is clearly imprinted on the ground. Residents of Yilan’s Toucheng Township recently discovered holes in the fences surrounding train tracks. Many farmers use the holes to get from their homes to their farms on the other side of the tracks. It’s dangerous, but farmers say they're careful.

Farmer: “The farms were here before the rail tracks were laid. The tracks were then fenced in. Are they obstructing our farming, or are we obstructing transport?”

There have been numerous rail accidents in recent years, and residents asked why the holes weren’t patched up. After all, trespassers could end up injuring themselves and causing train accidents. Some residents say Taiwan Railways should address this problem immediately. The police say that people found to be trespassing on rail tracks can be fined under the Railway Act.

Lo Yen-ping, Chief, Yilan Station, Railway Police Bureau: “If they are found in violation of the regulations, then they will be fined NT$10,000 to NT$15,000 in accordance with Article 70 of the Railway Act.”

Taiwan Railways said it generally erects fences along tracks, but sometimes they may become damaged and they will be mended. It also posts signs reminding people that crossing tracks and destroying property are prohibited.

 

 

 

鐵軌旁的鐵網下方,有一個大洞,甚至還有腳踏墊,鐵路中央還被走出一條明顯的白色人徑。宜蘭縣頭城鎮鐵路兩旁,被民眾發現圍住鐵軌的鐵網,下方有個大洞,不少農民貪圖方便,利用破洞從住家違規穿越鐵軌,到另一邊農園農作,相當危險,但農民卻習以為常。

一名農民表示:「我一直在質疑,我們田地是先有,田地而後才有鐵路,但是它圍了,到底是它可以妨礙我們耕作,還是我們妨礙他們交通?」

有民眾也質疑,台鐵近年事故頻傳,鐵網破洞為何不補強、讓人擅闖,除了容易導致穿越者發生危險,也可能影響列車與車上乘客的安全,台鐵應該積極處理此問題。警方則說,如果民眾擅自闖越鐵軌,經查證屬實,可依鐵路法開罰,呼籲民眾別以身試法。

鐵路警察局花蓮分局宜蘭分駐所長羅晏平表示:「他違反上述的情形的話,會依《鐵路法》第70條罰1萬塊到1萬5000元之間。」

台鐵回應,一般都會在鐵路沿線做鐵絲網圍籬,但有時會遭到破壞,如經發現就會立即去修補,並貼上公告,禁止民眾穿越鐵軌,也禁止民眾破壞鐵路設施。

 

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