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FETC has 1-month grace period before fines: MOTC

TAIPEI, Taiwan --The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday announced that the Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. (FETC) will be given a monthlong grace period to place former freeway toll collectors in new jobs before they are fined.

The MOTC had been saying that if the FETC does not place all former freeway toll collectors who signed up to be transferred in new jobs by the end of this June, the FETC will be fined for violating the contract.

However, When the MOTC reported in the Executive Yuan yesterday about their progress in transferring former freeway toll collectors, Deputy Transportation Minister Chen Jian-yu (陳建宇) said that based on the contract, the FETC can be given a monthlong grace period before being fined by the MOTC for not completing the transfers.

When the MOTC talked about the request of some former toll collectors to move on to civil service positions, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said that the MOTC should actively communicate with the toll collectors, some of whom are actively engaged in protests against the FETC over the transfers, to avoid negatively affecting the job placement process.

As for accusations from former toll collectors that the FETC has deliberately placed obstacles in their job hunt, Jiang said that the MOTC's proposal to establish a team to take care of all reported complaints should be the best solution to solve this issue.

Jiang said that if the FETC does not abide by the contract and place all former toll collectors in new jobs, the MOTC should levy a NT$500,000 administrative fine daily on the FETC to showcase the government's determination to implement the regulations.

However, after reporting at the Executive Yuan, Chen said that based on the contract, the FETC can be given a monthlong grace period before being fined for not completing the job transfers by the end of this June.

The MOTC launched a new electronic freeway toll collection system at the end of last year, which caused over 940 freeway toll collectors to lose their jobs. FETC, the company in charge of the new system, promised to place all the toll collectors in new jobs.

The self-help organization for the former toll collectors proposed two measures: the government should take over the new freeway toll system, ETC, and the MOTC should make arrangements for unemployed former freeway toll collectors.

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