Bureau to review ban on guinea pigs on trains

  • By Shelley Shan / Employees reporter

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday mentioned it has requested the Railway Bureau to check the potential of permitting passengers to take guinea pigs or small pets on trains.

A lady recognized as “Roney” on Jan. 19 posted a proposal on the federal government’s Coverage Community Participation Platform to permit guinea pigs onboard Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and Taiwan Excessive Velocity Rail (THSR) trains. As of Feb. 26, the proposal had been seconded by 5,110 individuals.

The federal government is obligated to provide a proper response inside 4 months for proposals which have gathered greater than 5,000 signatures.

The TRA and THSR solely enable canine, cats, turtles, fish and shrimp on board, which is inconvenient for individuals who need to journey with their pet guinea pigs, Roney mentioned, including that the one possibility they’ve is to go away the pets to the care of mates, family members or pet accommodations.

“Guinea pigs and rabbits are comparable in nature. They aren’t rambunctious, and wouldn’t make quite a lot of noise except they’re scared. So long as they’re in a securely mounted cage, they’d not run out and wouldn’t have an effect on different passengers,” she mentioned.

As guinea pigs spend most of their time at house, the probabilities of individuals catching viruses from them are low, she mentioned, including that there’s little report of guinea pigs attacking individuals.

The ministry mentioned the Railway Bureau would make sure that the TRA and the THSR examine the potential of implementing the proposal.

They need to take into account the area out there in prepare cabins, in addition to passenger security and public well being points concerned in imposing the measure, it mentioned.

“Ought to the implementation of such a measure contain a revision of contracts between railway operators and passengers, the Railway Bureau would amend the Laws of Railway Transportation [鐵路運送規則] and submit the proposed modification to the transportation ministry for closing approval,” it mentioned.

Article No. 23 of the laws bans vacationers from bringing aboard harmful objects, coffins, corpses, animals, or objects that may threaten or harass passengers and compromise the protection of the railway programs.

Beneath the TRA’s laws, passengers are allowed to journey with cats, canine, rabbits, fish, shrimps and small pet birds, offered the animals are positioned in containers or luggage no bigger than 55cm lengthy, 45cm extensive and 38cm excessive.

Vacationers ought to make sure that the animals and their excrement wouldn’t leak from the containers, which ought to be correctly stowed beneath the seats.

Strollers which might be used to hold pets are solely allowed if they are often folded right into a dimension no bigger than a permissible container for animals (55cm x 45cm x 38cm).

Birds (excluding small pet birds), snakes, fierce animals or animal species that may threaten passengers and public security should not allowed on trains.

Police canine, information canine for the blind, the deaf and disabled individuals, in addition to canine which might be beneath coaching to supply mobility help, are allowed onboard.

THSR has comparable laws on passengers touring with pets, however it solely permits free transport for one container with pets.

Passengers carrying two containers with pets aboard can buy one other ticket for the second container, it mentioned, including that every passenger can carry not more than two containers with pets.

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