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Fines for tardy Metro trains

Metro management companies will be fined up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,460) for each emergency case they fail to resolve in a timely manner, according to a new Metro safety regulation that will come into force next year.


Metro operators will be required to take immediate action to divert passenger flows when there are operational delays or emergencies. They will also have to report to the city's transport administration in the event of any major emergencies - those causing delays of 15 minutes or more.


A report explaining the cause of the delay and how it was resolved will have to be submitted to the transport authority within 10 days.


The new rules also say Metro management firms must make timely explanations to passengers about delays.


The new rules are part of a local-government revamp of the Metro Transport Safety Administration Regulation. Public opinions of a draft version of the new rules are being considered.


Failure to carry out any of the duties will lead to a penalty of between 1,000 and 10,000 yuan for Metro operators.


Fines of up to 100,000 yuan will be incurred if any licensed businesses or commercial billboards impede rescue teams trying to get access to the station. The draft has been published on the government's Website, and the public is asked to submit opinions by e-mail or post before January 1.


Meanwhile, banking machines that allow users to donate directly to Project Hope, China's largest program to help poor rural kids continue their education or return to school, were installed at 28 stations yesterday.


After five months of testing at two Metro stations, the bank machines were put into service at all stations on Line 1.


Donations will be directly transferred to the fund and incur no service charge, said Metro operators.


(Shanghai Daily December 17, 2008)