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Old April 27th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #1121
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Old April 30th, 2012, 06:15 PM   #1123
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KMB black routes revealed in Kowloon late-bus survey
The Standard
Monday, April 30, 2012


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Half of KMB buses on 11 routes have failed to keep to their scheduled runs, a survey has found.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong picked 34 of the 207 Kowloon Motor Bus routes passing through Kowloon City, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong, or terminating in the three districts, from April 16 to 26.

All 34 saw problems of lost trips to varying degrees, the DAB found.

Service 3C, from Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal to Tsz Wan Shan, was among the worst offenders, with 80 percent of its trips running outside their schedule.

Passengers were having to wait more than 20 minutes instead of the promised 10 minutes.

Even if the services are running to timetable, the DAB said passengers still encounter problems as buses are full during peak hours.

Lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king urged KMB, the largest franchised bus company in Hong Kong, to improve its service accuracy.

She said the Transport Department should monitor the problem closely and demand regular reports from KMB so the problem of lost trips can be disclosed to the public.

A KMB spokeswoman said efforts have been made to reroute or adjust the timetable to tie in with the actual journey time, and the problem is being rectified.

"Lost trips can be attributed to a shortage of drivers and to other factors that are beyond our control such as road congestion and traffic incidents," she said. The company has hired more drivers and improved pay.

The department said Kowloon City, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong were the top three districts for lost trips last year, at 11.1 percent. The commissioner for transport issued two warning letters to KMB, the latest one last month.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 06:14 PM   #1124
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 07:14 PM   #1125
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Old June 6th, 2012, 04:20 PM   #1126
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Old June 16th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #1127
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Old June 27th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #1128
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New batch of applications approved under Pilot Green Transport Fund
Friday, June 22, 2012
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Attachment : http://gia.info.gov.hk/general/20120...0229_95997.pdf

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (June 22) announced the approval of the third batch of applications on the trial of green and innovative transport technologies under the Pilot Green Transport Fund.

The six newly approved applications include the trial of one electric bus for non-franchised bus services, eight hybrid light buses for green minibus services, and two electric van-type light goods vehicles, involving a total subsidy of almost $12 million. The applications were from:

Glory Success Transportation Limited
Hong Kong Metropolitan Bus Limited
Kwoon Chung Motors Company Limited
Sun Bus Limited
Teamwise Corporation Limited
Yan Yan Motors Limited

The Steering Committee of the Fund supported the above applications after its meeting in May.

This brings the total number of approved applications under the Fund to 30, amounting to a total subsidy of about $73 million. The approved trial projects comprise 29 electric vehicles and 32 hybrid vehicles. These vehicles will be tested under different local operational environments to evaluate their performance. The findings obtained from the trials will be publicised for the benefit of trades and members of the public. Compared with conventional vehicles, hybrid vehicles have less exhaust emissions and better fuel economy, while electric vehicles do not produce any exhaust emissions. Their wider use will reduce overall vehicle emissions and help improve roadside air quality.

The Government set up the $300 million Fund in March 2011 to encourage the public transport sector to test green and low-carbon transport technologies. The Fund is open for applications from public transport operators including ferry, taxi and public light bus service operators; charitable and non-profit organisations providing services to their clients; franchised bus and non-franchised public bus service operators; and goods vehicle owners. The technologies for trial include new vehicle types, equipment or machinery related to transport activities, or new retrofit systems resulting in substantially better emissions performance compared with existing models. A transport operator may apply to the Fund to try out different green products subject to a maximum subsidy of $9 million for each application and $12 million in total.

Motor vehicles are the main source of our roadside air pollution and contribute about 17 per cent of local greenhouse gas emissions. Promoting green transport will not only improve air quality but will also reduce carbon emissions, which in turn will help to avert global climate change. Furthermore, it opens up business opportunities for green transport technologies.

For more information on the Fund and the approved applications, please visit the EPD website (www.epd.gov.hk) or call the enquiry hotline on 2824 0022.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 06:36 AM   #1129
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 04:32 PM   #1131
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Old August 8th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #1132
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Cheap rides are just the ticket for elderly as numbers top a million
The Standard
Monday, August 06, 2012

More than one million elderly are now able to travel on most bus and MTR routes for just HK$2 a trip.

The leap in numbers came yesterday with bus companies jumping on the bandwagon of the concessionary fare scheme, announced by the previous administration in October and kicked off by the MTR Corp in June.

With the expansion, the cheap fare now applies to travel on Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus, Citybus and Long Win Bus, with the exceptions being racecourse-bound and A-prefixed buses headed for the airport. On New Lantao Bus routes, the concession begins in the first quarter of next year.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who visited Shau Kei Wan bus terminal yesterday with Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said the scheme's introduction 1 months ahead of schedule represents a bit of goodwill from the government.

Leung said the fare concession allows the elderly to go out more frequently to see friends and relatives, and to lead a more active lifestyle.

Some elderly people said, however, that, contrary to the official line of timeliness being touted, the scheme came a little too late for them to enjoy its full benefits.

"I'm glad the scheme has been expanded," said a Shau Kei Wan resident named Lui.

"But I am 88 years old now. I don't go to work and it is sometimes difficult for me to go around. So I can't really benefit from it. I only travel occasionally to have lunch with friends."

His views were shared by 70-year- old Lee, another infrequent traveler.

"I can't say I will travel more because of the scheme because I travel only when I have to," she said.

"The scheme may help the elderly to save some money, but it makes no difference to me."

Others were more optimistic and said they had been looking forward to the scheme's expansion.

"Of course I'm happy. I like saving money because every little bit counts," said Mrs Ho, an 82 year old.

Another 82-year-old, Chan, said he is very pleased as he likes to travel around to buy specialty food items from different areas.

"I live in Ap Lei Chau and I like to shop here in Shau Kei Wan. Sometimes, I even go as far as Sheung Shui just to buy soy sauce.

"I travel a lot, and the scheme helps me to save money. It's not a lot, but at least it's something."

For Citybus routes, those aged 60 to 64 who are using Octopus cards for the elderly should switch to personalized cards to continue to enjoy the concessionary fare on Sundays and public holidays as well as the half-fare discounts on weekdays.

The administration said the expanded scheme would benefit 1.1 million citizens. This will cost HK$230 million in subsidies this year and HK$400 million next year.

The scheme will be in place for at least three years before a review is conducted.
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5 hurt as bus plows into mall
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Monday, August 27, 2012







The driver of a double-decker that rammed into a Tsuen Wan shopping mall, injuring five people, says he blacked out seconds before the crash.

The 51-year-old driver, who has injuries to his face and hands, said he was not on medication and had enough sleep.

One of the injured was reported to be in a serious condition last night while the other four were stable.

The accident - the second in three months involving buses mounting pavements - happened at 8.17am when the Long Win route E31 bus from Tsuen Wan's Discovery Park to Tung Chung hit the pavement near Tai Ho Road and crashed into the front of a clothing shop at Citywalk mall.

It hit a 61-year-old woman who was crossing the road before knocking down a 76-year-old woman on the pavement. The driver and two passengers were hurt. Firemen freed the driver from the wreckage.

Wong Kwok-yan, head of the police traffic accident investigation team in New Territories South, said the driver passed a breathalyzer test.

Wong said the driver told officers he lost consciousness soon after picking up passengers at Tsuen Wan Market and does not know what happened. He regained consciousness while being rescued by firemen.

Wong said the driver claimed he was physically fit and not on medication.

A bus passenger, surnamed Yeung, who was slightly injured, said the driver looked good and talked to passengers when he got on.

"Before the accident, he had been driving the vehicle steadily," he said.

Yeung said the bus should have turned left at the junction toward Sha Tsui Road from Tai Ho Road but instead continued to move forward and rammed into the mall.

"It was chaotic after the crash, with the windows of the bus shattered and the clothing shop's displays on the floor," he said.

"The collision was bone crunching but there were only a handful of people on the street," said a female worker at a convenience store nearby.

Another witness said: "Some people shouted to pedestrians to get out of the way when they saw the bus mounting the pavement."

The elderly pedestrian was in a serious condition with head and hand injuries in Princess Margaret Hospital last night. The bus driver was in a stable condition.

The woman knocked down - who has head and leg injuries - and a female bus passenger with head injuries are in stable condition in Yan Chai Hospital.

A spokeswoman said the driver joined the bus company in 1998 and has been driving the route since then. She said he had a medical check in May.

On June 3, a KMB driver was arrested for dangerous driving after his bus plowed into a group of people at a Tuen Mun stop, killing a woman and injuring five people.

The 56-year-old driver suffered from high blood pressure and felt dizzy before the accident.

A 41-year-old housewife, who had been waiting with her husband at the stop on Lung Mun Road near the Lung Mun Oasis complex, died.

The route 59M bus, going from Tuen Mun ferry pier to Tsuen Wan MTR station, mounted the pavement and hit them.
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Close shave for 81 as wheels come off bus
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Thursday, August 30, 2012







A bus driver managed to bring a wobbly double-decker with 80 passengers onboard to a safe halt yesterday after losing two rear wheels.

He managed to avert a more jarring end to the journey thanks to one of the wheels getting caught in the mudguard.

The Citybus route 97 vehicle was heading for Central along Hennessy Road when the wheels came unstuck at the junction with Fleming Road in Wan Chai.

The runaway wheel rolled another 100 meters down the road before stopping near the Wan Chai MTR station.

The driver, surnamed Wong, who is in his forties, brought the bus quickly under control once it started to wobble.

Wong was making his fourth circuit of the day from Lei Tung Estate in Ap Lei Chau to the Exchange Square terminus in Central when the incident happened.

A company spokeswoman said the wheels' lug nuts and bolts might not have been properly tightened or put in place after a monthly check conducted just a day before the scare.

"There were no injuries among the bus passengers and there was no panic," she said.

"It is unusual, and we are investigating. So far all our in-house procedures have been followed in relation to the maintenance of the vehicle."

The bus had also been "visually checked on a daily basis by drivers before the start of their shift." She said the bus is being given a thorough inspection.

The 80 passengers were transferred to another vehicle to continue their journey to Exchange Square. The wheels were replaced before the bus was driven to a depot for inspection.

It is not the first time that Citybus has had a problem with wheels coming unhinged.

On August 3, 2004, four vehicles collided on Tuen Mun Road after a wheel came off a double-decker and careered into another bus on the highway.

No one was injured but the highway had to be closed to clear debris.
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