Faulty Axle Counters Caused Train Delays over Holiday 台鐵列車計軸器故障 上萬旅客受影響

Over 10,000 passengers were affected by train delays during the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend. Transportation and Communications Minister Wang Kwo-tsai blamed it on the axle counters malfunctioning, and Taiwan Railway said it will continue to improve.


Taiwan Railway is slowly enacting reforms. Over 10,000 passengers were affected by train delays during the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend, leading to complaints. Transportation and Communications Minister Wang Kwo-tsai blamed problematic axle counters. In response, the New Power Party said a previous Taiwan Railway general inspection report issued by the Executive Yuan mentioned the need to inspect axle counters. However, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications failed to do so, and the NPP accused it of dereliction of duty.

Chiu Hsien-chih, Legislator (NPP): “The Ministry of Transportation and Communications hasn't even produced an inspection report on axle counters. Why did this occur? It said there was no backup plan. The minister said he doesn't know why this happened and he was so surprised. Excuse me, you're the minister. If there's no backup plan, then you're the one who needs to give an explanation.”

In April 2021, a Taroko Express train derailed in Hualien, killing nearly 50 people. The Control Yuan recently approved the impeachment of three people including Administrative Deputy Transportation and Communications Minister Chi Wen-jong. Legislators expressed their disapproval that implicated people showed no remorse and ended up being promoted. Family members of victims said the impeachment was overdue. When asked about the regulations for the corporatization of Taiwan Railway passing the third reading in the legislature, they said this is only the start of reforms and the issues of personnel and extreme organizational bloat need to be addressed in the future.

Victim's Family Member: “Our family members will never return, and we will feel this type of pain for the rest of our lives. An impartial supervisory unit without political intervention will definitely be the biggest help for Taiwan Railway's reforms.”

Chen Meng-hsiu, Lawyer: “Many of the items had already been removed from the list, resulting in this Taroko Express accident.”

Family members of victims of train accidents have repeatedly called for the establishment of an external supervisory mechanism with the participation of family members of victims. Taiwan Railway hasn't made any promises, but said it will discuss the opinions of family members of victims and legislators.

 

 

 

台鐵改革進度緩慢,引起外界熱議,尤其中秋連假發生誤點事故影響上萬名旅客,民怨四起。交通部長王國材表示是計軸器出問題,對此,時代力量立法院黨團指出,行政院當年的台鐵總體檢報告,就有點出需要檢討計軸器,不過交通部全面解除列管,立委痛批交通部放水失職。

時代力量立委邱顯智批評:「交通部到現在連計軸器的調查報告,到底為什麼會發生,說什麼沒有備援方案,部長講說我也不知道。怎麼會這樣,我好驚訝,天啊,你是部長,沒有備援方案,這件事情是你要解釋清楚的。」

此外,針對太魯閣號事故,監察院日前通過彈劾交通部次長祁文中等3人,立委不滿相關人員毫無悔意,反而還獲得升官。受難者家屬表示,彈劾案是遲來的正義,談到台鐵公司化條例3讀通過,家屬認為這只是台鐵改革的起步,後續還有員工問題、龐大組織架構需要解決。

太魯閣號事故受難者家屬表示:「我們的家人永遠不會回來,這一種痛,我們一輩子都無法忘記。有一個公正的、沒有政治介入的監督單位,絕對會是台鐵改革的最大助力。」

受難者家屬委任律師陳孟秀指出:「其實很多早就已經解除列管的事項,是根本造成這次太魯閣事故的原因。」

台鐵狀況頻傳,對於家屬多次提出盡速設立外部監督機制,納入受難者家屬,台鐵沒有承諾,表示會就立委跟家屬的意見進行相關討論。
 

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