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Former TRA head to be removed from current post: minister

2019/05/22 22:54:38

Frank Fan (范植谷) / CNA file photo

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Frank Fan (范植谷), a retired director-general of Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), will be removed from his current post as head of the CR Classification Society because he deserves a heavier penalty over a deadly train crash last year, the transportation minister said Wednesday.

Fan should be made to bear greater responsibility for the Puyuma train derailment in northeastern Taiwan last October, which left 18 people dead and 200 injured, Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said.

Therefore, Fan will no longer be allowed to serve as chairman of CR Classification Society, a non-profit non-governmental technical organization under the Maritime and Port Bureau, Lin said.

Fan, who had received one demerit as TRA director-general, was among 20 people disciplined over the accident before Lin became minister in January.

When Lin took office, he said he was unhappy with the administrative penalties meted out to the 20 people, and he called for heavier penalties.

When a second round of punishments was handed down by Taiwan's Railway Bureau in March, Lin again expressed dissatisfaction, saying very little had changed.

After another series of meetings, the relevant authorities decided to give Fan one major demerit and two minor demerits, which will mean his removal from his current job, according to Lin.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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