Rail systems asked to put better safety for riders

 

By Rose de la Cruz

Following a major accident at the MRT3 north-bound lane at Ayala, where a woman fainted at the rail and one train severed her hand, prompted two partylists congressmen to ask the government to cover her hospitalization and rehabilitation, give her prosthetic device and cover for her lost income during rehabilitation. 

They also proposed better rail safety and security for the sake of hundreds of thousands of commuters. 

Reps. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, of Bagong Henerasyon and Neil Abayon of AAngat, separately issued statements making such proposals to ensure that the victim will be covered medically and that similar accidents will be avoided. 

Abayon even suggested some insurance schemes be adopted for all commuters since the rails earn from them and the state is duty-bound to ensure their protection and safety at all times. 

Herrera-Dy, chair of the public information committee, said MRT 3 must shoulder all medical, hospitalization, and related post-hospitalization expenses of the woman whose hand or arm was severed earlier today at the MRT 3 where she fell on the rail tracks and a train ran over her limb. 

MRT 3 must get the victim the best prosthetic device at no cost to her. 

MRT 3 must also indemnify the victim for her income loss. 

She already bought her ticket and that completed transaction meant her safety and security was the responsibility of MRT 3. 

Our light rail and railway service should have an insurance system that will cover unfortunate incidents such as this, she said. 

She also called for “much better security and crowd management measures at our light rail and railway facilities. Obviously, the measures they have are not enough.”  

Abayon, AAngat partylist, urged the government to provide micro insurance cover for rail commuters following the accident of a woman who fainted on the rails of the Metro Rail Transit 3 on Nov. 14 and her hand was severed by the moving train. 

Abayon at the same time said government is duty bound to shoulder her hospitalization, recovery and rehabilitation expenses. The 24-year old woman is said to also be the breadwinner in the family.
These incidents resulting to injuries and deaths along our country’s light rails and railways highlight the need for the provision of insurance coverage meant to make sure all victims are properly compensated and the government is also protected as to liability costs, he said.

There are different ways to go about this. One way is via micro-insurance on a per passenger per trip basis. 

Another is for the different rail firms to get insurance covering their entire networks. Yet another approach is for the rail firms to require their maintenance and operations service providers to get the insurance coverage.

Other options can also be put forth by other sectors, he added.

The bottom line is the cost to the riding public and the government must be reasonably minimal or hardly felt. Higher fare rates must not be the result of the insurance coverage for these incidents. 

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