The Regulations for Construction and Maintenance of Railway were determined and announced on Sep. 8, 1960 by MOTC and have been the basis of such actions. During the past years, many amendments were made to the Regulations and the latest revision was proclaimed on Sep. 23, 2014 by MOTC. Revision contents are comprehended as follows:
The platform construction boundary regulations were revised in accordance with alteration in train staircase designs since June 2011. In 2011, all trains adopted the non-staircase doorways to improve passenger safety and efficiency during getting on and off the train. In this latest regulation revision, clause 16 was revised to: "railway institutions shall base on railway, train and relevant circuit measurements and take its oscillation range into consideration to set architectural boundaries so that it will not affect normal train operation nor cause electric shock or fire accidents". Also, all original adjunct pictures regarding architectural boundaries were removed from the Regulations. The aforementioned boundaries shall be implemented subsequent to the approval from competent authorities. This amendment will bring more flexibility and feasibility to actual implementation.
To avoid inconsistency with "Railway Bridge Design Specifications" proclaimed by MOTC, clause 17 (railway) and clause 102 (high speed railway) which concerned live load on bridge was revised. In MOTC's "Railway Bridge Design Specifications", regulations for designed train loading in general rails and standard train loading in high speed rails were elaborated. Thus, clause 17 was revised into: "the loading of rail bridges shall be based on regulations proclaimed by MOTC. For non-regulated or special cases, such regulations shall be determined by railway organization and implemented upon approval of its competent authorities." Clause 102 was revised into: "the design and construction of high speed railway bridges shall take the maximum train live load and be compatible to high speed rail system specifications." The above amended clauses should assure standard consistency in bridge design standard, make the development of railway techniques more flexible and make the railway institutions to exert professional actions to continually improve the railway technical level.