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Old April 19th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #801
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Checks not tight enough, statistics chief admits
17 April 2009
South China Morning Post

The census and statistics chief has admitted that the department's quality checking system is not tight enough after staff miscalculated wage figures used in the bus fare adjustment formula.

Commissioner for Census and Statistics Fung Hing-wang said yesterday the census and survey officer - who was responsible for using wage figures provided by more than 100 companies to calculate the nominal wage indices for transport workers - made a mistake when she did a manual calculation. The error was related to the calculation of allowances.

"For example the allowance [figures] should have been obtained by multiplying by 30 days instead of 10 days, it's more or less like that," Mr Fung said. He said the officer and a colleague checked the calculation, but both did not realise the error. "We have checking procedures but [the system] is not tight enough," he said.

The formula that determines bus fares is calculated after taking into account the composite consumer price index, nominal wage indices for transport workers and the operator's productivity rate.

Mr Fung and his colleagues felt sorry that the incident had affected the public, he said, and the officer involved felt guilty and unhappy.

The miscalculated wage figures were used in the fare-adjustment formula. Last month, the government said the formula produced an outcome of minus 3.03 - which is above the trigger threshold of minus 2 for a bus fare cut. But it issued a correction on Wednesday that the calculation should have been minus 1.26, which was too small to trigger a fare review. The negative figure of 3.03 was equivalent to a fare cut of 15 HK cents.

Considering the officer involved has years of experience, Mr Fung said he was surprised by the mistake.

The statistics department would improve the system by reducing manual calculation and enhancing checks, Mr Fung said. It was also hoped teams would cross-check data as well as let more senior staff review calculations if there were big discrepancies.

"The way that we immediately announced that the figures were wrong and have rectified the mistake shows our sincerity and integrity," he said. "The public {hellip} can be assured that in future, all data that we collect and the statistics that we compile will be even more reliable."

Mr Fung said the department realised the error after releasing the data, instead of being pressured by bus companies. But he admitted that First Bus and Citybus had inquired about the calculation.

Philip Yu Leung-ho, associate professor at the University of Hong Kong's statistics department, believed the improvement measures could reduce the chances of errors, but "staff should also increase their data sense and cannot skip the review process because they think someone is reliable".
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Old April 25th, 2009, 02:41 PM   #802
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KMB Press Release:
KMB Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s First Double-deck Bus

Retirement of the First Euro I Bus in Hong Kong
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Old April 29th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #803
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Hong Kong launches free online search for transport routes

HONG KONG, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Transport authorities in Hong Kong on Tuesday launched a free online search system that leads to search results on public transport point-to-point route covering different modes of public transport.

"People can now make better choices for pre-trip planning by searching the possible routes based on the number of interchanges, the fare, estimated journey time and preferred transport mode," the Transport Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said upon launching the service.

The new service is available at official website of the Transport Department at www.td.gov.hk.

The HKSAR government said it was hoping for the free online search system to provide motorists with useful information and help encourage more use of public transport.

Most online point-to-point route search services available in Hong Kong now provide information on a single mode of transport, said Tsang King-man, Assistant Commissioner for Transport of the HKSAR government.
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 09:46 AM   #804
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Old May 19th, 2009, 01:39 PM   #810
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2 New Euro IV Emittion Standard Dennis Enviro 12M Citybus hit the road! They are 8110 and 8111 and they were built by Wuzhoulong in Shenzhen, which is cooperate with Dennis Alexander. They Temporary run on Route 102.

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Both buses AREN'T use straight stairs.

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Old May 19th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #811
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Your photos are so crisp and sharp. How do you set your camera?
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Old May 20th, 2009, 01:49 PM   #812
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Gov't Press Release:
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:50 AM   #813
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Your photos are so crisp and sharp. How do you set your camera?
stop breathing and press the shutter!
.. and i use photoshop!
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Old May 30th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #814
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Smoke-belchers face city ban
15 May 2009
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About 2,000 older and more polluting franchised buses will be banned from busy districts like Causeway Bay, Central and Mong Kok in a pilot program to improve roadside air quality.

Although the districts have yet to be identified, undersecretary for the environment Kitty Poon Kit said the government would roll out the program's framework by the beginning of next year following discussions with bus companies.

The program could affect around 130 of the 400 routes in busy corridors serviced by Kowloon Motor Bus which has around 3,900 buses, a spokeswoman said.

According to Citybus and New World First Bus company website, roughly 114 routes serving the busy areas could also be affected.

Poon said the government would be studying overseas examples, whether bus companies have a sufficient number of less- polluting buses to service the zones, and whether the scheme will be a full-time fixture or only for certain hours.

According to the department, restricting older buses from entering busy corridors such as Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay, Des Veoux Road Central and Mong Kok's stretch of Nathan Road could reduce emissions of respirable suspended particulates and nitrogen oxides by 20 percent and 10 percent respectively. The chairman of the Legislative Council's subcommittee on Improving Air Quality, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, suggested the pilot program include other vehicles, adding, ``You can't call it a low emission zone if other smoky vehicles go in.''

According to a government-commissioned consultancy report on improving air quality, banning pre-Euro and Euro I through Euro III commercial vehicles from low emission zones will cost HK$3.696 billion but will bring benefits amounting to HK$2.586 billion.

The administration is also launching a public consultation on the extension of a HK$3.2 billion one-off subsidy for vehicle owners to replace pre-Euro and Euro I diesel commercial vehicles with Euro IV or better models to include franchised buses.

The three-month air quality recommendation public consultation will look into the introduction of natural-gas-powered buses.

The vehicle replacement scheme, which expires on March 31 next year and which has seen just under 11,000 applicants so far, still has HK$2.7 billion remaining.

According to Environmental Protection deputy director Carlson Chan Ka-shun, the scheme has so far covered 30 percent of the city's worst polluting lorry fleet, with some 26,000 pre-Euro and 16,000 Euro I commercial vehicles still remaining.

Lawmakers have suggested the government increase the 12 percent to 18 percent subsidy or buy out the remaining lorries to speed their retirement, but Chan warned such a move would not be financially prudent.

Chan said about 6,000 to 7,000 of those lorries retire voluntarily and are sent to scrap every year. A buyout would mean buying more than 6,500 lorries, costing taxpayers HK$700 million to HK$800 million.
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Banning Pre-Euro through Euro III diesel vehicles from the busy street is like asking Citybus to replace its entire fleet before continuation of services.

Not against the plan, but that's better to do it in stages to reach the Euro IV and beyond only.
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Old May 30th, 2009, 06:37 PM   #816
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Always like the Dennis Enviro 500! Good pictures.
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Volvo Press Release:
Order for 100 Volvo buses in Hong Kong('s KMB)

-- I was quite surprised that KMB order 12-meter single deckers.
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Old June 6th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #819
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May be the 40 single deck are to replace the old Mitshibushi that are still in service?
The Mitshibushi are high floor, sit only ~50, and very difficult for the 10-15 allowable standing passengers.
I am sure these new buses will actually increase the capacity rather than decrease.

But is this the first group of EURO V buses to be in HK?
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