Thu, Jan 18, 2007 - Page 12 News List

THSRC could be fined from this weekend

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Bureau of High Speed Rail director general Pang Chia-hua (龐家驊) said yesterday that the bureau could begin imposing fines on the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC, 台灣高鐵) starting on Saturday if it fails to improve its problematic ticketing system by tomorrow.

THSRC is the operator of the nation's first bullet train system, and has experienced a number problems since it became operational on Jan. 5.

Pang said that the bureau had officially notified THSRC last week and informed the company that all the problems with its ticketing system must be fully addressed before it started selling full-priced tickets.

Pang added that the exact amount of the fine had yet to be determined.

The company will be offering 50 percent discounts on bullet train tickets until the end of the month for travel between Banciao (板橋) and Zuoying (左營).

On Monday, the THSRC applied with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for an examination of the newly completed section between Taipei City and Banciao, after acquiring verification from the Lloyd's Register Group.

Pang added that the bureau will meet the company sometime before the end of the month to discuss a to-do list for THSRC that is to be added onto the build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract.

Under the BOT contract, the THSRC will be in charge of the rail system's operation for 35 years before it is turned over to government control.

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