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Old December 6th, 2006, 08:51 AM   #401
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Bus firms will have to switch to greener vehicles
22 October 2006
South China Morning Post

Bus companies will be required to run cleaner vehicles to reduce air pollution, the environment minister said.

Sarah Liao Sau-tung, the secretary for environment, transport and works, said the franchises granted to bus operators would include a requirement that their fleets comprise the most environmentally friendly buses available.

"When they change the bus, we will not simply ask them to use vehicles of Euro IV standard, but the ones with the latest feasible technology," she said. "We know that there are already hybrid [petrol-electric] buses available, but we have to wait for a while for [hybrid] double deckers to be developed."

Euro IV is a set of emission standards applying to new vehicles sold in the EU from last year.

The condition would be added to the government's franchise agreements with the bus companies when they came up for renewal, Dr Liao said.

Official figures show there are more than 5,900 buses on the road, down from 6,359 five years ago. Two-thirds of the fleet's engines meet only Euro II standards for emissions of key pollutants nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, which date from 1996.

Speaking on an RTHK radio programme yesterday, the minister said the government would also work hard to reduce the number of buses on the roads and create more pedestrian areas.

The Transport Department on Friday announced plans to restructure bus routes with the aim of cutting the number of buses by 100 to ease traffic and reduce air pollution.

In the past three years, 204 routes have been restructured, five rerouted and three scrapped.

Dr Liao was speaking after government officials disclosed that HK$12.6 million would be spent on 36 highly fuel-inefficient luxury saloons. However, they also said most of the official fleet of 1,071 cars would be replaced with environmentally friendly vehicles by 2014.

Edwin Lau Che-fung, of Friends of the Earth, welcomed the government move to press bus companies to switch to buses using cleaner fuel, saying bus emissions accounted for about 10 per cent of respirable pollutants.

"We hope the bus companies will study introducing hybrid double- or single-deckers," Mr Lau said.

The two main bus operators, Citybus and New World First Bus, said as yet no manufacturer was producing hybrid double deckers but they would opt to buy Euro IV buses if feasible.

A Kowloon Motor Bus spokesman said market developments and the maturity of the technology would decide whether it used hybrid buses.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 05:14 AM   #402
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Hybrid double decker?? We can wait.

Most Citybus vehicles are on the road for 10-12 years now. It is probably the first company spending the big bucks.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 10:21 AM   #403
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Bus firm seeks fare rises to claw back losses
21 October 2006
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New Lantao Bus has suggested raising its fares and cutting its routes on Lantau after losing 40 per cent of its business on the route between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping to the cable car.

According to the company, which recorded a deficit of HK$3.4 million last year, of its 16 routes only two were profitable - the round-trip of Tung Chung and the route between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping.

However, since the cable car service opened last month, revenue from its Tung Chung-Ngong Ping route decreased by about 40 per cent, a loss of about HK$30,000 to HK$35,000 every day.

"Now we only have one profitable route left. It is estimated that revenue will be HK$10 million less a year. If we don't act, the company will suffer a severe deficit," said the firm's executive director, Thomas Wong Chung-pak.

A single trip on the bus costs HK$16 on a working day and HK$25 on public holidays while a return ticket on the cable car costs HK$88 and HK$98 respectively.

Mr Wong said that next month the company would ask the government if it could increase its fares to generate HK$1.5 million to HK$2 million more revenue a year. At the same time, it was considering cutting and rescheduling some unpopular routes.

Mr Wong said three senior managers, including himself, had taken salary cuts since last month and that they might consider cutting the salaries of the frontline staff.
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Off-Topic: they can retrofit the diesel engine of the buses with a common rail direct injection system and a diesel particulate remover which will make the buses Euro IV compliant. hybrids are way too expensive to maintain. remember that diesel fuel dominates the market in Europe.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 03:51 PM   #405
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Which bus is the newest one here? Singapore is also testing on new buses and they look like the current double decker buses in HK.
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Which bus is the newest one here? Singapore is also testing on new buses and they look like the current double decker buses in HK.
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Off-Topic: they can retrofit the diesel engine of the buses with a common rail direct injection system and a diesel particulate remover which will make the buses Euro IV compliant. hybrids are way too expensive to maintain. remember that diesel fuel dominates the market in Europe.
How big and heavy is one of those system??
I can't imagine putting a rail system on a bus if it is too big and too heavy.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 06:29 PM   #408
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Which bus is the newest one here? Singapore is also testing on new buses and they look like the current double decker buses in HK.
If you go by era from the latest:

Scania K95 - First imported in 2006 - EURO IV


Volvo Super Olympian with Wright Body - First imported in 2003 - EURO II (EURO III and IV for newer vehicle.)


Enviro Trident with Enviro ALX500 WB Body - First imported in 2003 - EURO III (EURO IV for newer vehicle.)


Volvo Super Olympian with different bodies - First Imported in 1999 - EURO II



Neoplan Centraliner - First Imported in 1998 EURO II (EURO III for newer vehicle)


Dennis Trident with Walter Alexendar Body - First imported 1997 - EURO I (EURO II and IIIfor newer vehciles)


Leyland/Volvo Olympian - First imported 1993 - EURO I (EURO II for newer vehciles)
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Old December 9th, 2006, 11:56 AM   #409
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How big and heavy is one of those system??
I can't imagine putting a rail system on a bus if it is too big and too heavy.
it's not big... it's already used by passenger cars and suv's
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Old December 10th, 2006, 11:13 AM   #410
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Old December 21st, 2006, 08:42 AM   #411
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Review of bus drivers' work hours
21 December 2006
South China Morning Post

The Transport Department will review bus drivers' working hours after legislators said passengers were put in danger by drivers who had to work up to 14 hours a day.

Most of the 8,000 Kowloon Motor Bus drivers work an average of 9.4 to 10.4 hours a day, with 30 minutes' rest every six hours. But 16 per cent have to work shifts of 14 hours, with a three-hour break.

Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said bus companies reviewed working hours in 2004 and found drivers did not want their hours cut because they feared it would affect their pay.

Lawmaker Albert Cheng King-hon asked if the government was more concerned about the safety or drivers' incomes. "Accidents involving bus drivers have been on the rise over the past few years. How can you prove that they are unrelated to their lack of rest time?"

But Dr Liao said police statistics proved otherwise. Of the 416 bus accidents caused by drivers last year, exhaustion was a factor in only one. Over the first 11 months of this year there were 410 accidents, with two caused by driver fatigue.

"For drivers who work the maximum hours, we will review if there is a need to lower the cap, especially during busy seasons, but between meeting passengers' demands and maintaining the number of bus drivers at a reasonable level, we have to strike a balance."

The secretary of Citybus' employees union, Tang Sin-hing, said its members would not accept a cut in working hours. "They have family burdens. A few hours' work makes the difference of a few thousand dollars every month."
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Old January 13th, 2007, 02:02 PM   #412
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Kowloon Motor Bus Press Releases:
九 巴 歐 盟 第 四 代 環 保 巴 士 - "推 動 環 保 我 領 先,空 氣 清 新 現 藍 天"

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Old February 16th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #414
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Time to do some bus spotting!
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I still like Volvo's design, followed by Dennis. Euro IV looks horrible!
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Six years to replace old diesel fleet, says KMB
27 January 2007
South China Morning Post

It will take up to six years for KMB to phase out its old diesel buses and three years to upgrade the rest of its fleet to be close to the latest EU emission standards, the city's largest bus operator said yesterday.

KMB principal engineer Kane Shum Yuet-hung said all buses being phased out would be replaced with those that met the European Union's latest Euro IV emission standards.

Reviewing KMB's performance on pollution control, Mr Shum said the firm needed two years to come up with a replacement plan for the oldest buses, plus an estimated three to four years to replace them.

A double-decker typically has a lifespan of about 17 years.

However, green activists said progress was too slow and the phasing-out of polluting buses should be completed in three years from now.

"By maximising the life cycle of the buses, KMB is forcing the public to breathe in foul air for another six years," said Friends of the Earth acting director Edwin Lau Che-feng.

He urged KMB to use the upgraded buses to run on routes previously run by the dirtiest vehicles.

Tour groups using the new Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint would find it inconvenient if direct bus services did not serve the crossing, lawmakers said yesterday.

Members of the Legislative Council's transport panel condemned the government's decision to bar cross-boundary coaches from the checkpoint, saying it limited passenger choice and would result in unfair competition.

Deputy Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Annie Choi Suk-han said environmental conditions did not permit an expansion of transport facilities at the crossing.

Non-franchised buses will still be able to use the existing Lok Ma Chau crossing when the new checkpoint opens in July.
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Nice pics Las Vegas has some of these buses now going up and down the strip
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