This simply boils down to punishment. Even if locals are afraid of certain bus lines, they are anxious to return home or find out later that their tour is using a not so good bus company. What to do? On TV we have seen reports over and over again about bus companies falsifying records and seen the guys outside bus inspection centers running illegal business of providing services to beat the system.
Without big fines applied consistently this and other problems will not change. Just like recent article below…NT60,000 is a “severe penalty” for major pollution issue?
Non-professional companies must be fined out of business. Other professional companies take their place to capture the market share. Too many non-professional companies chasing limited customers on this small island leads to difficulty for company to gain foothold in market at slightly higher price with better service. I don’t worry that a smaller amount of larger companies will get any possibly “monopoly” for specific products/services.
Then the unemployed workers at non-professional companies will have to switch employers and get actual safety training.
Waste water pollution problem in Changhua County greatly improved
Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) The quality of the irrigation water in Changhua County has been greatly improved since regular inspections of factory wastewater and severe penalties imposed by the authorities have forced electro-plating factories in the region to address their water pollution problems, according to an official of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
Chiang Chu-nung, an EPA inspector in central Taiwan, said that in recent years the EPA has conducted frequent inspections on the over 100 electro-plating factories in the county’s coastal region, detecting heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, nickel, zinc and copper in their wastewater.
Rice paddies and oyster farms polluted by heavy metals from factory wastewater caused major losses to the agricultural sector several years ago when consumers panicked over cadmium-contaminated rice and “green oysters” from the area.
Chiang said, however, that between 2004 and 2008, the qualification rate of irrigation water in the region rose from 33 percent to 73 percent.
Any factory reported to be violating the anti-water pollution regulations will be fined NT$60,000, and if no improvement is made within a certain period, will be fined another NT$60,000, according to Chiang.[/i][/color]