For the purpose of strengthening the comprehensiveness of railway operation supervision, aside from the annual HSR, Forest Railway and Taiwan Sugar Company Exclusive Railway inspections carried out by MOTC, annual inspections on the entire TRA system will be implemented with the very first one in 2015. Further going, the nationalized railway system will officially be brought into the scope of MOTC railway supervision completing a significant portion in the railway supervision map.
According to Article No.4 of Railway Act, the inspection for private and exclusive railways should be implemented by the Railways Supervision Task Force (BOHSR associates). As for nationalized railways, inspection is regulated to self-evaluation by the TRA. Therefore, MOTC had seldom assigned railway experts to inspect TRA operation, maintenance and safety matters in the past. There has been increasing concerns regarding the operational safety of this system due to the length, loading and the amount of operational incidents of the TRA system and the original self-evaluation mechanism has been challenged by the modern trend of external supervision. Consequently, Article 44.1, ‘Nationalized Railway Supervision’, was added to the Railway Act on Jun. 18, 2014 stating that MOTC shall periodically or according to demands inspect the engineering, materials, operation and transportation regulations of the nationalized railways and MOTC shall assign a Railways Supervision Task Force to implement external annual inspections to point out suggestions regarding operation, safety management, train maintenance and route maintenance. Moreover, MOTC encouraged TRA to absorb experiences from other rail systems and introduce modernized and system life cycles elements into hardware/software design and management mechanisms to achieve overall railway safety and service performance.
The Railways Supervision Task Force carried out the TRA annual inspection from Sep. 1 to 7, 2015 and presented inspection results and improvement measures accordingly. The Task Force will supervise TRA to continuously evaluate and improve its operational equipment, operation staff, regulatory procedures and safety management systems in hope of gradually improving the safety of the overall railway environment.