Lao rail operator issues warning over animals on tracks

Goats roam freely by the side of the railway. - VT

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/Asia News Network): The Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd. is calling on the public not to let their animals loose alongside railway tracks, as this poses a serious hazard to passing trains.

Company staff say animals have been allowed to graze on verges close to the railway, with their owners neglecting to keep them in a safe area and not paying attention to restrictions in relation to the railway.

The problem has also arisen because sections of metal fence have been removed in some places, meaning that animals can wander alongside and across rail tracks.

This has resulted in some trains having to make an emergency stop because of animals on the line, or for drivers to check if any damage was caused after a train hit an animal.

It is strictly forbidden for animals to roam alongside the railway, and the removal of fencing for whatever purpose is also prohibited.

Article 137 of the Railway Law states that “individuals, legal entities and organisations are strictly prohibited from raising, releasing and moving livestock on the railway”. The law also states that “It is strictly forbidden for anyone to dismantle or destroy railway structures.”

Failure to comply with these regulations may not only cause the loss of livestock, but may also endanger the lives of train passengers, as well as result in serious damage to state property.

Everyone is urged to abide by the rules. People should encourage each other to act responsibly for safety’s sake, while individuals will be penalised if they are found to have committed an offence in this regard.

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