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Old March 29th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #181
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I don't think there are any four-axle buses over 12m long actively running in Hong Kong. Neoplan tried to sell the world's longest bus and had it tested on the streets, but in the end the bus operators settled for the 12m version.
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I don't think there are any four-axle buses over 12m long actively running in Hong Kong. Neoplan tried to sell the world's longest bus and had it tested on the streets, but in the end the bus operators settled for the 12m version.
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New Bus-Bus Interchange Scheme for Ma On Shan residents
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Government Press Release

The Transport Department today (March 31) reminded passengers that from March 25, 2005, KMB and NWFB had jointly introduced a Bus-Bus Interchange Scheme between cross-harbour Route 680/680P and 111 on Hong Kong Island for the convenience of passengers travelling between Ma On Shan and Central.

Hong Kong-bound passengers travelling on Route 680/680P from Ma On Shan to Hong Kong Island can use Octopus cards to change to Route 111 (Ping ShekˇVCentral (Macau Ferry Pier)) for free at the bus stop outside No 168 Hennessy Road in Wan Chai within two hours and 30 minutes after boarding the first bus. This BBI scheme also applies to the special departures of Route 680 from Chung On Bus Terminus/Chevalier Garden Bus Terminus.

Ma On Shan-bound passengers from Central can use Octopus cards to travel on Route 111 to change to Route 680 at Admiralty (East) Bus Terminus, paying a discounted fare of $7.50, within one hour after boarding the first bus. In effect, the total fare will be the same as the current fare of Route 680.

Meanwhile, the terminus of Route 680/680P on Hong Kong Island has been relocated from Central (Macau Ferry Pier) to Admiralty (East) Bus Terminus. Route 680X (Ma On ShanˇVCentral (Macau Ferry Pier)) will maintain its terminus at the Macau Ferry Pier Bus Terminus in Central. Passengers can take Route 680X during the peak hours to travel between the two districts.

A spokesman for Transport Department said the new arrangements would help relieve traffic congestion in Central and improve the environment, as well as maintaining service choices for passengers.

"Relevant transport operators have posted notices at bus stops and inside bus compartments," he said.

People can also obtain details of the adjustments from the Transport Department's hotline 2804 2600 and the department's website http://www.info.gov.hk/td/eng/notice...tin_index.html
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Old April 9th, 2005, 07:23 PM   #192
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輕鐵攔腰撼雙層巴
推前30公尺 釀五人受傷



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天水圍昨晨發生九巴與輕鐵相撞意外,一輛空載九巴駛經輕鐵交匯處,一列輕鐵同時駛至,兩車發生猛烈碰撞,九巴被推前三十公尺,衝落輕鐵路軌,意外造成五人受傷,輕鐵三條線服務受阻逾兩小時,警方正調查是否有司機「衝燈」肇禍。

肇事雙層九巴為269D號線,行走天富苑與沙田瀝源�,車齡五年,上月十一日剛通過驗車。天水圍分區助理指揮官(行動)區展秋表示,肇事九巴車長初步聲稱在意外發生時,不清楚交通燈號,因此不排除是有司機涉嫌「衝燈」闖禍,至於事發交匯處平日汽車流量不多,亦非交通意外黑點。

昨晨十時三十分,姓朱(五十三歲)巴士車長從天富苑總站開出巴士沿天秀路行駛,當時未有乘客,至天悅輕鐵站交匯處燈位時,一列行走天水圍巡環線的706號輕鐵駛至,姓鄧(二十五歲)輕鐵車長報稱當時行車燈號為綠燈,他冷不防有巴士在輕鐵車頭橫越,收掣不及直撞九巴右邊車身,巴士失控被推前三十公尺,撞毀路中一列分隔石壆,再越過對面線,橫�A兩條輕鐵路軌,輪胎爆破,車窗玻璃亦粉碎,巴士車長受輕傷。

輕鐵損毀幸未出軌

至於輕鐵車頭損毀,幸未有出軌,車廂內有四名乘客受傷(十九至二十八歲),部分傷者因頸部受創,動彈不得,需消防員及救護員逐一用頸箍固定傷勢,再以擔架床抬出車廂送院,四乘客連同巴士車長治理後出院。

意外引致輕鐵交通受阻,三條路線須改道配合,包括705、706及761號,輕鐵事後派出接駁巴士來往天水圍至濕地公園疏導乘客。至昨午十二時許,輕鐵派出吊臂車將肇事九巴拖離路軌。現場於昨午一時前解封。

九巴發言人稱,事件已交警方跟進,不便猜測意外原因。九廣鐵路發言人指出,該公司的初步調查顯示,事發時輕鐵的燈號運作正常,列車是按照程序橫過該交匯處。
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LCQ16: Bus operators concern with safety and reliability of bus service
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Government Press Release

Following is a question by the Hon Lau Kong-wah and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, at the Legislative Council meeting today (May 4) :

Question:

With respect to the maintenance of franchised buses, will the Government inform this Council whether it knows:

(a) the number of cases last year in which franchised bus services were interrupted due to breakdowns of buses in service; if so, please provide a breakdown by month, the franchised bus company involved and bus route;

(b) the number of complaints received from the public by the authorities concerned last year about buses breaking down while in service, and the actions taken to follow up such complaints;

(c) the procedure and timetables for bus maintenance currently adopted by the various franchised bus companies;

(d) if the franchised bus companies have instructed their bus captains to check their buses for proper functioning before pulling them out to provide service; if they are required to do so, of the details; and

(e) the respective numbers of buses withdrawn from service by the various franchised bus companies last year for reasons that they had reached the specified service age, or their maintenance costs were too high?

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Madam President,

During the period from April 1 2004 to March 31 2005, about 0.045 per cent of the total number of bus trips involve breakdown of buses leading to interruption of franchised bus services. Breakdown of the cases by month and franchised bus company is shown at Annex. Bus companies do not have readily available information about the bus routes involved.

A total of 20 complaints were received from the public during the same period about buses breaking down while in service. In handling this kind of complaints, the Transport Complaints Unit or the Transport Department (TD) will refer the case to the concerned bus companies for their investigation and report. TD will examine the findings provided by the bus companies and conduct surprise checks on concerned vehicles if necessary. TD will also monitor the trend of bus breakdown rates and where appropriate require bus companies to formulate action plans to enhance bus reliability.

Safety and reliability of bus services are of prime concern to bus operators. All bus companies follow a comprehensive programme of vehicle maintenance and servicing regime which includes daily, monthly and yearly maintenance to ensure bus safety and roadworthiness.

Daily maintenance activities include top-up of lubricating oil and coolant, refueling, and inspection of tyres and obligatory driving lights. During the monthly maintenance, a list of safety items including the engine and gearbox will be checked and all defects fixed. In the yearly overhaul, the bus will be fully examined and serviced to prepare for annual examination by TD. TD will not license a bus if it fails in the examination.

All franchised bus companies have issued clear guidelines to their drivers to conduct routine checks before the first departure everyday to ensure that the bus is in suitable operating condition. These include visual check of the bus body, lightings and tyres. Drivers are also required to check if the brakes, air-conditioning system, and bus doors are functioning properly.

A total of 270 buses were taken out of service during the period from April 1 2004 to March 31 2005 because they had reached their scrapping age. Details are given in the table below.

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Bus Company                                             from service

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Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited                268

CityBus Limited                                           0

New World First Bus Services Limited                      0

Long Win Bus Company Limited                              0

New Lantao Bus Company (1973) Limited                     2

Total                                                   270
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Rafael Hui resigns from KMB posts, clearing way to run Tsang's campaign
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4 May 2005
South China Morning Post

Former top official Rafael Hui Si-yan has stepped down from the board of bus company KMB, clearing the way for him to lead Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's campaign to be chief executive - and possibly for Mr Hui to be appointed chief secretary in July.

The board of Kowloon Motor Bus Holdings announced yesterday that Mr Hui had resigned as a company director due to "personal reasons", effective Sunday.

Mr Hui has also resigned as director of the listed company's subsidiaries, the KMB Company and Long Win Bus Company. Mr Hui, a former secretary for financial services, has been a director of KMB Holdings and its subsidiary firms since February last year.

His resignation is seen as a prelude to his leading the election campaign for Mr Tsang, the acting chief executive. Sources said Mr Hui was then expected to be appointed as chief secretary after Mr Tsang, his long-time friend, succeeded Tung Chee-hwa as chief executive in July.

KMB Holdings is due to re-elect its directors at its annual general meeting on May 19.

Mr Hui could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr Hui has also been a steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club since 2002. He is expected to resign from that position before rejoining the government.

Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen resigned as a club steward in July 2002, shortly after he was appointed secretary for commerce, industry and technology.

Mr Tang's resignation from the club was seen as an attempt to avoid any conflict of interest with his public office.

A spokeswoman for the Jockey Club said it had not received any notification from Mr Hui that he would resign as a steward.

Mr Hui, 57, is expected to open a campaign office for Mr Tsang in Central soon.

After joining the civil service in 1970, Mr Hui left the government in 2000 to become managing director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Authority. He retired from the authority two years ago.

He also serves as vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, honorary secretary of the Hong Kong International Film Festival and is a member of the executive committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society.

Mr Tsang said last week he was too busy to think about a campaign for the top job, but that he would consider his next move after the amendment to the Chief Executive Election Ordinance was passed. He is expected to announce his bid to become chief executive in June.

It was reported last week that Mr Hui had invited Norman Chan Tak-lam to serve on Mr Tsang's campaign team. Mr Chan resigned as deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority three weeks ago. He plans to study economics in the US in September.
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Hui quits KMB director's post
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Hong Kong Standard

Rafael Hui, widely-tipped to become Donald Tsang's right-hand man when he becomes the next chief executive, Tuesday resigned as a non-executive director of Kowloon Motor Bus Holdings.

Hui, a former secretary for financial services, is expected to succeed Tsang as the next chief secretary for administration.

His resignation will lessen his connections with the Kwok family of Sun Hung Kai Properties, a substantial shareholder in Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB), and prevent him from being involved in any conflict of interest issues.

KMB said that ``due to personal reasons'', Hui had resigned as a director of KMB and its subsidiary, Long Win Bus Company, effective Tuesday.

Hui, who is also a personal adviser to the Kwok family, is estimated to be earning an annual salary of more than HK$7.8 million.

``The board is not aware of any other matters relating to the resignation of Mr Hui that need to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the company,'' a KMB statement said.

However, it is believed Hui gave up his lucrative job to prepare for Tsang's election campaign.

A well-informed source said Hui had already set up an election office in Central and had invited Norman Chan, former deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, to join the team before he leaves for the United States in September.

Chan, also a close friend of Hui, resigned three weeks ago and plans to study macroeconomics at Harvard University.

His abrupt resignation sent shock waves through the finance sector as he was widely seen as heir to monetary authority chief, Joseph Yam.

Though he has resigned from KMB, Hui will remain a steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club until August, as well as vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Hui left the government in 2000 to become managing director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, a post he held until early 2003.

According to sources, Beijing has agreed that Hui should be Tsang's right- hand man after Tsang becomes chief executive in July. Tsang is expected to declare his candidacy next month after the amendment to the Chief Executive Election Ordinance, concerning the two-year tenure, is passed on May 25.

Beijing picked Hui because of his rich experience in the civil service which central leaders see as crucial to Hong Kong's governance. Hui, with a high reputation for being tactful and innovative in tackling tough problems, impressed Beijing during the Asian financial crisis by urging the government to intervene in the stock market in 1998 to fend off currency speculators.

As he is also a close friend of Financial Secretary Henry Tang, Beijing believes Hui will serve as an effective buffer between the pair and other competing forces in the cabinet to ensure their smooth cooperation.
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KMB Launches "Enhanced" Air-conditioning System
Corporate Press Release, April 2005

KMB once again leads the industry by introducing the "Enhanced" air-conditioning system to its buses. Combining a heating and a cooling system, coupled with "Intelligent" temperature control and a variable compressor, the "Enhanced" air-conditioning system can better monitor and control the temperature and humidity inside buses, thus offering more comfortable journeys for passengers. Adopted for the first time on double-deck buses, this new system will also bring about fuel saving.

The "Enhanced" air-conditioning system incorporates the heater as part of its system, thereby replacing the floor heaters under the seats at present and making the bus compartment more spacious. More importantly, the new system features integrated and direct control over the air temperature and the air speed, thus making it possible to maintain stable temperature and humidity levels inside the bus compartment.

Mr. Kane Shum, Principal Engineer of KMB, said, "KMB cares about the environment insides buses and has been continuously devoting a great deal of effort to upgrading the quality of bus journeys for passengers. In the past, we have done a lot to enhance the air-conditioning in buses, like installing heating systems, ambient sensors, and introducing adjustable and closable vents for all seated passengers, as well as the electrostatic air filters. Today, KMB is taking another step forward by launching the "Enhanced" air-conditioning system, which represents a revolutionary development in public bus services."

Besides integrating the operation of the heating and cooling systems, the "Enhanced" air-conditioning system is equipped with "Intelligent" temperature control. By using more refined software, the device makes adjustments to the temperature every 30 seconds according to the passenger load, thus bringing about a more steady temperature close to the target of 23 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the variable compressor of the "Enhanced" air-conditioning system will optimise its output by varying its cooling capacity according to the temperature and cooling requirements inside the bus compartment. This provides a further means of ensuring a stable temperature, as well as reducing fuel consumption by about 23%.

Mr. Shum continued, "KMB has been continuously adopting new technology with the aim of enhancing bus operations. The "Enhanced" air-conditioning system has been put on test and the results are encouraging. The "tailor-made" design and technology

maintain the temperature inside buses at around 23 degrees and the humidity level at 40% to 70%. The new system also achieves fuel savings. Looking to the future, we will continue to retain our leading position with regard to the exploration and development of the latest technologies and maintain close contact with manufacturers, and will adopt new solutions where practicable to enhance our bus journeys, as well as achieve KMB's environmental objectives."

Besides introducing new technologies, KMB also strives to enhance the air-conditioning system of its earlier buses. In 2003, KMB started to retrofit its 1,760 earlier air-conditioned buses with ambient sensors so that the temperature inside buses will be adjusted automatically in response to the temperature difference between the bus compartment and the environment. KMB also endeavours to retrofit its earlier buses with adjustable and closable vents, so that passengers can adjust the air speed according to their needs.

The "Enhanced" air-conditioning system will become a standard feature on all new buses purchased by KMB.


Mr. Kane Shum, Principal Engineer of KMB, introduced the operation of the "Enhanced"air-conditioning system
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