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Old October 4th, 2006, 01:54 AM   #381
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I preferr the one from Volvo...
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Old October 5th, 2006, 03:36 AM   #382
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KMB acts after spate of windscreen accidents
23 September 2006
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Kowloon Motor Bus is considering strengthening windscreens on the upper decks of more than 1,000 buses still fitted with glass that shatters on impact.

The announcement came after three passengers were injured by broken windscreens in two separate incidents over the past two months.

Early yesterday morning, the upper-deck windscreen of a bus heading to Po Lam suddenly broke into pieces and cut the arms of a pair of passengers sitting in the front row.

Last month, another passenger suffered slight injuries in a similar accident.

Kane Shum Suet-hung, KMB principal engineer of bus engineering, said both buses had the older-style "toughened glass" windscreens.

There are 1,000 such buses on the road, but the rest of KMB's 2,700 air-conditioned double-deckers have already adopted laminated glass, better known as "sandwich" glass, for windscreens on the upper deck.

Laminated glass is now standard for lower deck windscreens because it stays in one piece on impact, ensuring that drivers do not have their vision impaired in a crash.

"Because upper-deck windscreens are less prone to damage from external objects [toughened glass is still used]," Mr Shum said.

"[The toughened glass] also lives up to the European standard, when it breaks it fragments into pieces with rounded corners, so [injuries] to passengers are reduced to a minimum."

Mr Shum said both kinds of glass can withstand a 2.26kg steel ball falling from a height of 4 metres without letting the object break through.

However, to improve upper deck safety KMB has applied for Transport Department approval to strengthen its toughened glass windscreens with an adhesive plastic film.

The film would hold the glass fragments together in one sheet and prevent the pieces from injuring passengers in the event of an accident.

Mr Shum said the older-style toughened glass windscreens would be gradually replaced over time.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 07:35 AM   #383
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Double trouble as five buses disappear in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Oct 10, 2006 (AFP) - Hong Kong police spent hours tracking down five huge double decker buses after they were stolen from under security guards' noses at major depots, officers said Tuesday.

Police believe the thieves were joyriders, as all the buses were eventually retrieved without damage and without anything inside having been stolen.

A lawmaker criticised security after it was revealed that most of the buses in carriage company KMB's fleet of 2,000 could be started with just one key.

"The company should consider a one-key one-bus policy," Lau Kong-wah told the South China Morning Post. "There should also be security guards inspecting depots."
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Old October 14th, 2006, 08:58 AM   #384
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I have heard these buses will be abandoned within this year. Is that true? Is it becuase their bad condition? (Which seems not true... those buses are in better shape than those Victory II or Jubilant in 1998)
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Old October 15th, 2006, 03:08 AM   #385
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The non-AC buses are being phased out. Some were sold back to the UK and Australia. The operators are getting rid of them in favour of brand new AC buses imported from Europe.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 04:04 PM   #386
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those bus drivers are crazy hehe doing 40 while making a curve hehe
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Old October 17th, 2006, 07:15 PM   #387
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Fatal Bus Accident Kills 1 巴士衝上行人路1死12傷 (明報) 10月 17日 星期二 07:45PM

一輛九巴(相關新聞 - 網站)雙層巴士在窩打老道失控剷上行人道,1名途人死亡,12人受傷,巴士上層整個車頂被剷開。

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下午約4時半,該輛270A九巴由九龍地鐵(相關新聞 - 網站)站開出,前往上水,駛至窩打老道45至57號對開時,失控撞向一支交通燈、路邊鐵欄及一幢大廈的簷篷,以及撞倒4名行人路上的途人。

其中一名31歲男性速遞員路經該處,被撞後困於車底,由消防員救出後,連同該名46歲司機被送往伊利沙伯醫院救治,司機送院時清醒。該名男途人於下午5時半證實死亡。另外5男6女(年齡由23至72歲)被送往廣華醫院治理,當中包括3名途人及8名乘客。

肇事巴士由於衝過了大廈的簷篷,上層支架及窗門當場折斷,向後移位飛脫,遭揭開的頂層的尾部幾乎跌在地上,上半部分則仍架在巴士上,巴士變成一輛「開篷巴士」。

現場乘客表示,發生意外時,幸巴士只有少量乘客,否則傷者將會有更多人。

西九龍交通部特別調查隊現正調查此宗意外,任何人如目擊意外經過或有資料提供,可致電2773 5200或2773 5220與調查人員聯絡。

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Old October 17th, 2006, 08:10 PM   #388
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Funny how the bus involved had a jet engine on it, maybe it wanted to fly :O
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Old October 20th, 2006, 02:32 AM   #389
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 04:01 AM   #390
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Funny how the bus involved had a jet engine on it, maybe it wanted to fly :O
you got it. the phase on the bus does mean "what if the bus can fly?"
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 04:10 AM   #391
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This is a Scania K95, scheduled to arrive at HK in early 2007.
The front screen is just way too small, IMO. It's totally opposite of the Neoplan Centerliner
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 06:01 AM   #392
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^ It looks very different. It was actually on display in a recent UK showbus.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 12:14 PM   #393
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Cool Bus , Great Place Hong kong,
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Old October 29th, 2006, 03:32 PM   #394
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KMB property drive doesn't convince everyone
29 October 2006
South China Morning Post

Traditionally, Transport International Holdings, Hong Kong's biggest public franchised bus operator, has been an attractive investment to housewives looking for a stream of generous dividends as regular as double-deckers leaving Exchange Square.

But the company's bread and butter, the 73-year-old Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) unit, has been sputtering due to high fuel prices, rising operating costs, punishing competition from rail services and an inability to raise fares since 1998.

"The profit-and-growth-challenged situation of KMB is unlikely to see any breakthrough in the near future," said Transport's managing director, John Chan Cho-chak.

That is why the company - which is 33 per cent owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties - is counting on growth to be kick-started by its 1,136-unit luxury Manhattan Hill residential development in Lai Chi Kok and, in the longer term, from transport projects on the mainland.

Mr Chan, a transport veteran, said the 1 million sq ft property project at a former bus depot should be on the market in the next few months, pending the government's issue of a sales permit. With unobstructed sea views, Manhattan Hill is expected to be sold at about HK$8,000 a square foot, according to real estate agents.

BNP Paribas Equities analyst Jim Wong, who recommends buying Transport shares, forecasts the new development will generate at least HK$8 billion in sales and a HK$6 billion profit in the next two financial years. Last year, the company had net income of HK$584 million, down 20 per cent compared with 2004, on sales of HK$6.5 billion.

Mr Chan, however, said the company had not yet decided whether to distribute the development proceeds to the shareholders, to reserve the funds for re-investment or a combination of both.

Regardless of Mr Wong's rosy view, investment advisers are far from unanimous about Transport's prospects.

"Not interested," said Cash Asset Management fund manager Kitty Chan when asked whether she might invest in the company.

Ms Chan said that Transport's "core business has been under pressure on high petrol prices and it will lack a long-term growth driver after selling the Manhattan Hill project. And the liquidity of the stock is low".

Indeed, the company reported last month that in the first six months of this year a 28 per cent jump in fuel costs and a 13.4 per cent rise in tunnel fees knocked 53.7 per cent off its underlying profit, to HK$126.7 million.

Mr Chan estimates that every US$1 rise in a barrel of crude oil adds HK$1 million to KMB's operating expenses.

"The last time we raised fares was in 1998, when crude oil cost about US$20 a barrel," Mr Chan said. "Now, prices have gone up to US$70 a barrel."

The company is also leaking business to the city's expanding rail networks. KMB's market share in the public transport market shrank 2 percentage points to 29.3 per cent last year, while the MTR's rose 0.4 percentage points to 25.2 per cent and the KCRC reached 15.4 per cent, up 1.5 points, according to an MTR tally. That showed in the company's operational profits, which slipped 22 per cent last year, to HK$706 million. In its first half report, the company said fare receipts scarcely budged, rising 1.7 per cent to HK$2.81 billion, as ridership slipped 0.5 per cent to 495.7 million passenger trips.

However, anticipating the property windfall, analysts expect the full-year net profit will jump 205 per cent to HK$1.78 billion this year, according to Thomson First Call.

Longer term, the company's fortunes will be riding on its mainland business. In 2003, the group planted seeds in Shenzhen, Beijing, Wuxi and Dalian, investing a total of 624 million yuan so far in public transport ventures.

Profit contribution from China climbed 4 per cent to HK$19 million in the first half of this year, still a fraction of the group's total of HK$195.5 million.

Mr Chan said the joint ventures would seek organic growth and self-financing for further expansion to avoid over-stretching the group's capital resources. "The biggest challenge in China comes from bicycles," Mr Chan said. "We are trying to get more people on buses."
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This is a Scania K95, scheduled to arrive at HK in early 2007.
The front screen is just way too small, IMO. It's totally opposite of the Neoplan Centerliner
But this model doesn't look decent................at least worse than what I expected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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But this model doesn't look decent................at least worse than what I expected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The vehicle arrived Hong Kong a few weeks ago, I guess it is donig tune up and testing in the depot right now getting ready to be certified.
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