Taipei, Kaohsiung's Labor Affairs Bureau is fining a trucking company NT$3 million (US$101,336) for work hour and rest time violations that led to one of its truckers dozing off and killing three people in a fatal traffic accident, the agency said Tuesday.
In its investigation into the accident on the Madou section of Freeway No. 1 in Tainan on Monday, the bureau found that the truck driver who caused the accident, Lu I-hao (???), had worked 22 days straight in April, a clear violation of the Labor Standards Act.
Lu, who was dispatched from the company's Kaohsiung office, was returning to the southern city when he rammed into two police officers and another truck driver who were stopped on the side of the freeway for an inspection.
Beyond working 22 straight days, Lu worked more than the 12-hour daily limit on seven of those days and exceeded the maximum 46 hours of overtime allowed per month, according to the bureau.
The bureau therefore decided to fine the company NT$1 million for each violation, for a total of NT$3 million.
Lu was released on NT$100,000 bail after being questioned by prosecutors Monday.
Following the incident, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) announced that it would step up checks on trucking and tour bus companies that have a record of labor law and rights violations.
The MOL will be conducting labor inspections in order to make sure that these companies are complying with labor laws to protect the rights and safety of their employees and the public.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel