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Premier urges Mid-Autumn Festival transportation readiness

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday urged the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) to reinforce the supervision of each transportation organization to prepare for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival as heavy traffic is expected during the three-day holiday.

Jiang also reminded Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) and the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to keep maintaining their equipment to avoid abnormal conditions. In addition, the premier said he hopes that both companies can enhance their ability in dealing with emergency conditions.

Jiang then pointed out that the MOTC has already finished the 2014 Mid-Autumn Festival's transportation plan and started to complete certain preparations. He praised the MOTC's efforts and encouraged the MOTC to continue promoting the plan to citizens through media and the Internet, hoping to help citizens planning for their holidays.

According to the MOTC, the plan was made based on previous experience. To ease traffic, the MOTC pointed out that the highway will be free of charge from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the three-day holiday. In addition, there will be controls in various highway sections.

As for the railways, the MOTC stated it has increased special services for both THSR and TRA, which are expected to enhance transportation capacity by 9 percent and 12 percent, respectively, compared to normal days.

Jiang also reminded each organization yesterday in the meeting that it is important to practice anti-corruption acts during daily life, hoping supervisors can actively promote their staff to act morally both in their public and private lives.

The Executive Yuan passed the protocols of joining the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and Enforcement of UNCAC, which will be transferred to the Legislative Yuan for further deliberation.

Jiang stated that passing these protocols not only presents the nation's desire to end corruption but also can gear Taiwan to an international standard since anti-corruption has become one of the most important aspects internationally. Although Taiwan is not one of the members of the United Nations, it is still a crucial step for the nation.

In addition, the premier pointed out that apart from setting anti-corruption laws, it is more important that every member of the government is morally correct in their daily lives. He also said that he will actively urge the Legislative Yuan to pass the protocols and send the application to the U.N. through Ministry of Foreign Affairs as soon as possible.

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