According to Article 16.2 in Railway Act, the railway organization is required to apply for MOTC pre-operation inspection before official operation and can only operate after acquisition of MOTC approval. In addition, Item 2 of "Rules of Railway Transport System Final Inspection & Testing for Revenue Service" regulated that prior to pre-operation inspection, private, local and exclusive railways have to apply for construction completion evaluation.
The civil engineering and E&M enginee-ring of the Three Additional Stations of Taiwan North-South High Speed Rail Subsequent Construction is constructed by THSRC contractors in which the three stations and its core E&M constructions have successively applied for construction completion evaluation since Jun. 11, 2015. The applied construction completion evaluations have successively been implemented from Jun. 26 and all improvement measures have been completed by Aug.31, 2015 confirming the constructions ready for operation.
On Sep. 1, 2015, THSRC formally submi-tted the inspection application for Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin station constructions. On Sep. 15, MOTC examined and verified the application documents and by Sep. 22, the inspection preliminary meeting was called for to report the results of formal examination.
The inspection team comprised of one Convener, one Vice Convener, a civil engineering group, E&M group and operation group. The Convener as well as ex-officio member was chosen by convention to be the Director General of Department of Railways and Highways and is responsible for integrating all inspection-related matters. The Vice Convener was chosen to be committee member Mr. Wu-Wan Lan.
The inspectors raised 23 improvement points according to evaluation results of documentation, on-scene equipment and simulation practices. The improvement points comprised of 5 pre-operation matters, 11 general matters and 7 follow-up suggestions. Regarding the pre-operation matters, the railway organization has to submit all necessary documents to MOTC to be cleared for operation. For the 11 general matters, the Railways Supervision Task Force will follow up until all improvement points are achieved. As for the follow-up suggestions, THSRC will take into consideration for future engineering projects.
With great efforts and cooperation of all participating parties, the inspection work has been finished and THSRC has to resolve the 5 pre-operation matters and prepare all necessary documents to MOTC to be cleared for operation.