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FETC breach of contract with ex-toll collectors: NFB

Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection (FETC) will be given a week to fix three obligations in the contract that the firm promised to rectify before being fined NT$500,000 daily, the National Freeway Bureau (NFB) announced yesterday.

According to the NFB, the FETC was asked to improve its progress in placing all former freeway toll collectors in new jobs by July 17.

However, the NFB said that after reviewing the report, there are still three major flaws that the firm did not fix.

The NFB said that an official notice has been sent to the FETC, stating that if the firm does not fulfill its contractual obligations, it will be fined NT$500,000 daily.

According to the NFB, the first obligation that the FETC failed to carry out is that the firm has to provide documents to prove all 384 former freeway toll collectors have received letters notifying them that they have been hired for new jobs by July 28.

The NFB said that the second obligation that the FETC has to remedy by July 28 is to provide documents to prove that the firm successfully delivered the supplementary to the 16 former freeway toll collectors who agreed to accept the new jobs assigned to them.

The third flaw that needs to be fixed is that the firm notified a former freeway toll collector who agreed to accept a newly assigned job, but in the notification, the FETC stated that the first day of the new job would be at the end of 2015. The NFB requested that the firm present a document to demonstrate how it handled the matter.

According to the NFB, the FETC was first offered a grace period until July 17 to improve, adding that should the firm not make any headway by then, the NFB will consider it in breach of contract.

FETC Promises to Improve

The FETC yesterday said that all the flaws that the NFB requested be fixed will be completed before July 28.

Regarding the first flaw that the NFB pointed out, the NFB said that all the notification letters have already been sent out, and the FETC employees are currently organizing the receipts given out by the post office, which will be finished and presented to the NFB by July 28.

The FETC also promised to send out the supplementary notifications to the 16 former freeway toll collectors while arranging for the former toll collector who was originally assigned to work a new job with a start date set at the end of 2015 to get another position that will allow the former toll collector to start working by the end of this year at the latest.

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