The China Post staff
A number of students from the Central Police University (CPU) recently alleged that they were compelled to prepare reports for a local traffic accident evaluation body which has been accused of manipulating accident reports. The scandal erupted when People First Party lawmaker Liu Wen-hsiung urged a probe into Vehicular Traffic Accident Investigation & Research Association on Saturday. According to Liu, investigations made by relatives of victims of car accidents revealed that the organization, which does evaluation work for local courts, is actually unlicensed and could be profiting from forging reports. In addition, local media reported that some CPU faculty and students were suspected of being involved in the scandal. Several students were quoted as saying that they were requested by teachers to write accident reports for the association and that sometimes they were given “specific instructions” on how to write the reports.
According to media reports, the students said they felt unqualified to do the reports, but did not dare turn down the requests because they feared their grades would be affected. It was also reported that Chang Han-wei, secretary-general of the association who also runs a fortune-telling business in Taoyuan, had extensive connections with ranking police officials and the CPU faculty dating back to his days at a provincial traffic accident evaluation committee.
Chang is being sued for forgery by the family of Chou Tung, who was killed by gravel truck. The truck driver was set free after the court made a decision using Chang’s report as evidence. In reaction, CPU transportation department chairman Su Chih-chiang, who is also on the association’s board of directors, noted that he has never investigated any accidents for the organization nor has he ever received any payments from Chang. He also refuted the allegations by saying that none of the CPU’s faculty or students has ever compiled reports for Chang’s organization. Su went on to explain that the CPU, like National Cheng Kung University and National Chiao Tung University, is commissioned by courts to prepare accident reports, and such work is conducted independently by an evaluation committee of the school. Lawmaker Liu, who brought the matter to public attention, urged the transportation ministry to set up a system for the investigation of traffic accidents, and to allow only professional and credible organizations to write these reports. The PFP lawmaker said he will hand over the information he has collected to prosecutors. According to Liu, Chang’s organization charged a fee ranging from NT$3,000 to NT$200,000 per case to get guilty drivers off the hook. But Chang told reporters that he has only made NT$80,000 over the years, denying rumors that he has tens of millions in his bank account.