TRA to improve train surveillance, ticketing regulations

Taipei, Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said Tuesday it will equip its trains with surveillance cameras and install more ticket barriers at its stations to improve its ability to handle crime incidents, following the recent stabbing death of a railway police officer.

The TRA said it will start by retrofitting its electric commuter trains, with the goal of installing security cameras on all of them by 2021.

Alongside that plan, the TRA said, it will purchase 600 new intercity trains and 520 new commuter trains, all of which will be equipped with security cameras and emergency intercom systems.

By 2022, the TRA said, it will install more security barriers at 241 stations and will strictly enforce a "no ticket, no entry" rule.

Since the fatal stabbing of a railway police officer on a train on July 3, the Railway Police Bureau has distributed 1,257 cans of pepper spray to its officers and plans to equip them with stun guns by the end of August, the TRA said.

The new measures are being implemented in the wake of the death of 24yearold railway police officer Lee Chenghan , who was stabbed by a knifewielding passenger on a northbound train at Chiayi Station.

Lee was responding to an altercation between the conductor and a passenger, who was riding the train without a ticket and refused to buy one.

The police officer was armed with a truncheon and a handgun but did not use his firearm against the attacker, probably in consideration of the safety of the other passengers in the cramped train car, authorities said at the time.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel