Reg­u­la­tion puts pas­sen­gers in place

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

From De­cem­ber, high­speed train pas­sen­gers in Guang­dong province who refuse to move af­ter tak­ing other peo­ple’s seats will face fines rang­ing from 500 to 2,000 yuan ($72 to $295), ac­cord­ing to a new reg­u­la­tion.

The Reg­u­la­tion on Rail­way Safety Man­age­ment says all high-speed train pas­sen­gers will be re­quired to take their seats ac­cord­ing to their seat num­bers, and rail­way staff and train po­lice will have the right to fine and pun­ish those who refuse to va­cate other peo­ple’s seats.

The reg­u­la­tion, which will come into ef­fect on Dec 1, was passed by Guang­dong’s Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress on Sept 30 af­ter a num­ber of dis­putes about seat­ing on trains made na­tional head­lines.

In Au­gust, a man sur­named Sun took a young woman’s seat on a train from Ji­nan, Shan­dong province, to Bei­jing, and re­fused to va­cate it, spark­ing wide­spread con­dem­na­tion from ne­ti­zens. A num­ber of re­ports of sim­i­lar cases fol­lowed.

The Guang­dong reg­u­la­tion also says rail­way staff will have the right to stop pas­sen­gers with in­valid tick­ets or whose tick­ets do not match their iden­ti­ties.

Pas­sen­gers will also be pro­hib­ited from beat­ing or curs­ing train at­ten­dants and rail­way staff, smok­ing in non­smok­ing ar­eas, and any il­le­gal acts or other be­hav­ior that may af­fect the safe op­er­a­tion of trains.

The iden­ti­ties of pas­sen­gers break­ing the law or act­ing in an un­civ­i­lized way will be shared with other parts of the na­tional rail­way net­work.

Zhang Yiri, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of law at Guangzhou City Polytech­nic, said the new reg­u­la­tion will help en­sure the safe op­er­a­tion of high-speed trains, which play a ma­jor role in the coun­try’s trans­port sec­tor.

“The reg­u­la­tion will help en­cour­age pas­sen­gers to ride the rail­ways in a civil man­ner,” Zhang said.

Ji Shaox­iong, who works as a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for a for­eign-funded com­pany in Guangzhou, Guang­dong province, said the new reg­u­la­tion will help pre­vent un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior on trains by pro­vid­ing le­gal back­ing to train po­lice and rail­way staff.

“In­tro­duc­tion of the reg­u­la­tions is good news for both rail­way staff and pas­sen­gers,” he said.

Ji said he fre­quently took high-speed trains for busi­ness trips and had oc­ca­sion­ally en­coun­tered un­civ­i­lized be­hav­ior on board.

ZHAI JIAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Vol­un­teers present flow­ers and shawls to a mother and her child at Kun­ming Chang­shui In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Kun­ming, Yun­nan province, on Wednesday. Ten chil­dren from Myan­mar with con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease have come to China to re­ceive free treat­ment thanks to a cam­paign by the China Char­ity Fed­er­a­tion and lo­cal hos­pi­tals. Twelve chil­dren re­ceived treat­ment last year, while an­other five will re­ceive treat­ment in Kun­ming soon.

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