May 22, 2014 12:30
The government will introduce regulations that require the captain and crew of ocean ferries to wear uniforms at all times while on duty.
The decision comes after the discovery that the crew of the ferry Sewol were not in proper uniforms that distinguished them from passengers when the ship sank off the southwest coast on April 16 and that most of them were among the first to be rescued.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Wednesday it will seek to revise relevant laws so ferry crewmembers that violate them are subject to penalties.
"We will make it mandatory for the captain and crew to wear uniforms so that they can feel a sense of responsibility for their ships and passengers and that they can act professionally in an emergency instead of bolting like the crew of the Sewol," a ministry official said.
Crewmembers will also be required to wear name tags.
The rules will also be applied to pursers and service crew.
At present, no regulations require ferry crew to wear uniforms and it is up to each operator to decide what their seagoing employees wear on board.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will require bus drivers to wear uniforms and name tags. Long-haul coaches will also be required to run video showing safety steps before they go on the road.
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