If Ramses Station Accident Train Driver a Drug Addict, Why Was He Still Driving?

Published March 5th, 2019 - 04:05 GMT
Ramses Station accident killed over 20 people in Egypt. (AFP/ File)
Ramses Station accident killed over 20 people in Egypt. (AFP/ File)

Deputy Transport Minister Amr Shaath revealed that two years ago, a drug test was applied on the driver of the train Ramses Station accident and the result was positive.

He was suspended from work for six months, and after two other tests were applied on him the results were negative and he returned to work.

During a phone call on Monday evening with the al-Hayat al-Youm program Shaath discussed with parliament members on raising the punishment of drug abuse to complete dismissal from work, and not just suspension.

“We applied the maximum punishment to the driver, but we reinstated him because we needed him. He worked at workshops which is a kind of punishment,” he said.

“We applied the law to the maximum extent, but he was not deterred,” Shaath added.

A law is needed law for the development of the railway facility, which will drain huge funds from the budget of the ministry, he said.

This article has been adapted from its original source.  

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