President Tsai Ing-wen, who is also the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman, promised on Wednesday to carry out reforms of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) in three major directions, namely financial, organizational culture, and operation mode.
The speech was made in response to the fatal Taroko Express train crash that killed 50 people and injured 200.
President Tsai led the party members to observe a minute of silence for those killed or injured in the train wreck accident, before giving a speech on reforming the TRA.
To begin with, she pledged to thoroughly change the organizational culture of the TRA by strengthening the horizontal integration of the four major departments in the company, namely Transportation, Engineering, Rolling Stock, and Electrical Engineering.
More importantly, Tsai said communications must be improved.
Instead of reporting every problem layer by layer to the authority and then issuing orders layer by layer to the bottom, she said that TRA should solve problems based on each administrative region in order to improve management efficiency and safety.
Next, the president said that efforts should be made to solve the long-term deficit of the TRA which is impacted by the many unprofitable road sections.
Tsai Ing-wen said that the financial loss was partly responsible for the company’s failed operation efficiency as well as safety concerns.
She proposed that the government helps to improve the TRA’s financial condition and maintain a steady income. By doing so, she believes that employees could reach a consensus more easily on reforms without having to worry about their livelihood.
Last but not least, President Tsai remarked that as long as the TRA is well managed, meaning its safety requirements and its financial situation improved, the discussion of the company’s corporatization can begin.
蔡英文表示，2018年10月普悠瑪事故後， 隔年一月行政院針對台鐵改革提出144項，兩年處理了109項，剩下需要時間處理，項目一定會逐步完成。她呼籲民眾不要質疑政府的決心，強調台灣各地民眾都值得擁有一條安全回家的路， 政府改革台鐵則無旁貸。
President Tsai stressed that after the Yilan train derailment (普悠瑪事故) that unfolded in 2018, the Executive Yuan put forward 144 reform projects in the following year, with 109 of them completed within two years.
Emphasizing that “everyone in Taiwan deserves a safe way home,” the president called on the public not to question the government’s determination, as the government is bent on reforming the state-owned company.