The Aviation Safety Council (ASC) is the first independent agency in Taiwan to be established for investigating aviation occurrence. For the 20 years since its establishment, the ASC has strived to maintain a high standard and followed international best practices for improvement of our aviation safety. The ASC has successfully demonstrated its ability of aviation occurrence investigations, which also has long been recognized by domestic and international safety-related fields. Therefore, the ASC has earned the trust from Taiwanese people as well.
On October 21, 2018, Taiwan Railway Puyuma Express Train No. 6432 derailed from the main line and caused a major accident, resulting in 18 deaths and more than 200 injuries. To recover people’s trust in transportation safety, the government quickly decided to establish the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB) on the basis of the ASC. Not only aviation occurrences, the professional capacity of the TTSB will be applied for identifying causes of major marine, highway, and railway occurrences as well. Premier Su Tseng-Chang also set the commencement of the operations of the TTSB on August 1, 2019.
The TTSB is responsible for not only conducting comprehensive transportation occurrences investigations, but also for proposing recommendations and monitoring follow-up improvements. People can expect that the TTSB will urge the government to establish complete regulations that clearly define adequate management mechanisms and propose safety recommendations to deal with the safety hazards associated with different modes of transportation. Such efforts aim to prevent similar occurrence from happening again by actively taking measures to avoid or mitigate potential unsafe situation or hazards that may exist during transportation operations.
Based on the core technical capacity of the ASC staff, the TTSB will recruit other talented experts from the fields of marine, highway and railway to form a comprehensively professional team to investigate all types of transportation occurrences. Our goal is to become a protector of transportation safety in Taiwan, transforming each tragedy into momentum for improvement. No matter procedures establishing, equipment introductions, or trainings providing in the transportation industry, all we hope to have more comprehensive and better planning. Such improvements must be based on the earnest leadership of all Board members and the diligent work of all the TTSB staff.
At the request of Premier Su, I accepted the position of the first chairperson of the TTSB and assumed my post on August 1, 2019. I am deeply aware of the heavy responsibility that comes with this position. To meet public expectations, the TTSB will continue to collaborate closely with related authorities in the fields of aviation, marine, and highway and railway transportation as well as with relevant companies. In addition to establish partnerships, the Board can exchange ideas with other collaborating parties regarding their expertise in order to jointly safeguard transportation safety. We also request support and supervision from all Taiwanese people, which will help the TTSB to achieve the goal of “Making Transportation safer and More Reliable.”
I promise to continually enhance our investigation capacity and maintain our core principles of independence, impartial, and professionalism to conducting investigation. The TTSB Board will continue to improve transportation safety in order to ensure passenger safety and relieve the safety-related concerns from of all passengers’ family.