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Taipei Metro readjusts carry-on limit policy

Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) yesterday released an updated version of its carry-on items regulation, extending the originally established 150 centimeters height limit to 165 cm following complaints from school parents.

In the update, TRTC stated that the item volume averaged by length, width and height would remain unchanged as previously regulated, where items exceeding over 220 cm in volume would not be allowed.

In light of overall negative reactions from school parents regarding the limitation being inconvenient to school children who commute the MRT with large musical and physical performance items, TRTC has also released an exception policy for students.

The exception policy stated that should students be asked to participate in performance and competitions, schools could send a letter of request to TRTC, where upon approval, the company would assign MRT employees to escort the student groups onto designated train cars and stations. A faculty chaperone is also expected to accompany the student groups, while requests pertaining to individuals will not be accepted under any circumstances.

TRTC has also stated that the regulated height limit is implemented considering the 186 height of MRT train doors.

The company has also warned passengers to watch out for personal safety and the safety of others both entering and exiting the MRT trains when carrying heavy and long items.

Taipei Metro Receives 2 Violent Incident Cases in 1 Day

In related news, two incidents occurred in the Taipei Metro Lines today, both of which involved individuals noted to have violent outbursts while riding the train.

The first incident occurred on the Luzhou Line at around 8 a.m. on a train bound for Luzhou. Reportedly, a man wearing a scooter helmet had begun waving a pair of 10-cm scissors violently as the train passed Yongan Market Station. After passengers reported the incident, the man was arrested by police officers at Dingxi Station.

The man has been reported to be a 38-year-old individual with a mild handicap. During his arrest, the man was said to have been intoxicated and had stated that he had taken out the scissors so that he could trim his nails.

The second incident occurred on the Bannan Line between MRT Longshan Temple Station and MRT Ximen Station at around 12 p.m. A man reported to have bipolar disorder was seen behaving aggressively, and was later taken to the National Taiwan University Hospital for treatment by police officers following his arrest at Ximen Station. No passengers were injured during the incidents said a representative of TRTC.

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