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Old September 19th, 2012, 09:07 AM   #1141
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Old September 20th, 2012, 07:36 PM   #1142
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Does someone have the picture of a double decker NLB?
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Old September 21st, 2012, 09:19 AM   #1143
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Does someone have the picture of a double decker NLB?
Not the best photo though : http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhk001/3810558852/
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Old September 21st, 2012, 07:07 PM   #1144
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Thanks for that. Shame there isn't a view from the front.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #1145
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Old October 10th, 2012, 11:20 PM   #1146
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Thanks for that. Shame there isn't a view from the front.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:22 PM   #1148
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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #1149
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Routes revamp a thinkable trade-off
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Franchised bus company Kowloon Motor Bus recorded a loss of HK$15 million in the first half of the year.

Senior company officials sparked fears that the SAR's largest bus operator intends to seek fare increases by speaking at great length on Friday about escalating costs.

It's certainly the last thing transport minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung wants, as he already has the MTR hot potato to handle over in the form of a fare adjustment mechanism that - if unchanged - will likely kick in with another hike next year.

Coupled with the power firms' threats to jack up electricity tariffs, a KMB application to raise fares would only worsen things for a government already reeling from sagging popularity.

Maybe it would be in everyone's interest to head KMB off from climbing aboard the bandwagon. The bus operator has cited several reasons for the pressure on fares: higher costs for fuel and wages, and passenger losses to an MTR operator that has expanded its service to areas where buses used to be the main means of transport.

Fuel costs and wage movements are subject to the macro environment that KMB can respond to. There is much it can and should do to revamp routes, with a view to enhancing cost effectiveness.

According to the firm, 70 percent of its existing 400 routes are being operated at a loss, while half of them are competing with the MTR amid its rapid expansion.

Unless it can divert its bus fleet to break new ground, the pressure for fare hikes will become a structural problem that both the bus company and the commuting public will be forced to face.

The existing arrangement, allowing the Executive Council to curb any fare hike, can't overcome the structural defect alone.

Anyone who's been on route 690 from Central to Hong Sing Garden in Tseung Kwan O will see that the buses carry only a handful of passengers.

Why wouldn't the vehicles be largely empty, since people can travel by the MTR more cheaply and without the nuisance of traffic congestion?

Equally amazing is the operation of route 690 that almost duplicates 692. Surely, this can be ratified with some common sense.

KMB claims it has wanted to revamp certain routes to enhance cost- effectiveness, as well as opening new areas that can be better served. But it alleges local politicians in district councils stand in the way. Like any commercial operation, it's in KMB's own interest to shed loss-making routes to concentrate on those profitable ones.

The firm has a vested interest in making the accusation that politicians are interfering. Nonetheless, the issue should be viewed as a whole. KMB's plea isn't entirely without merit.

If half of the loss-making routes are outdated, that's a problem. If partisan politics is at fault for the structural defect, it's in the public's interest to break it.

If routes are rationalized, people will breathe in emissions, while pressure to hike fares would be reduced.

So, let's break the vicious cycle.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #1150
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 04:11 PM   #1151
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Watchdog acts over bus complaints
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Ombudsman Alan Lai Nin has decided to investigate how the Transport Department handles complaints against bus companies.

Lai said there are about 2,000 passenger complaints each year about frequent delays or cancellations of bus services with little or no action taken against companies.

Under the present monitoring mechanism, the department is responsible for regularly checking operational records, initiating investigations and conducting site inspections. However, the problems have persisted.

"The mechanism does not seem to be effective," Lai said.

He welcomes public views on the matter. Comments should reach his office before November 16.
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 05:54 PM   #1152
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Lets discuss this issue and reach some consensus.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #1153
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Blackout horror
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An accident on the same stretch of road in 1992, killing 1.

A taxi driver and his two passengers were killed yesterday when their cab was sandwiched between a runaway bus and another double-decker in a four-vehicle pileup.

Wong Kim-chung, 53, a Briton identified only as Jorge, 34, and a Swede, Carl, 30 who was here on a business trip were declared dead.

A total of 56 people were hurt in the horrific Shau Kei Wan crash.

One victim was in critical condition last night, five were listed as serious and 12 were stable.

The remaining 38 were discharged from hospitals after treatment.

Police arrested the 57-year-old bus driver, Lau Chit who is believed to have suffered a blackout for dangerous driving. Lau and the KMB bus driver, Chiang Sheung-chung, were also admitted to hospital. Lau was reported to be in stable condition.

The tragedy happened as a New World First Bus double-decker with 30 passengers was dropping down into Shau Kei Wan on the steep road from Chai Wan when Lau apparently lost consciousness at 11.38am.

The No 8 bus heading for Wan Chai Ferry Pier went out of control, struck a seven-seater vehicle and swung right toward A Kung Ngam Road.

It rammed the taxi in the opposite lane, forcing it back into a No 118 KMB double-decker that was waiting at traffic lights. Injured and terrified passengers rushed out of the buses in panic.

More than 10 firemen took nearly three hours to pull the trapped taxi driver and the passengers from the wreckage. Fire Services Department East Division acting divisional officer Derek Armstrong Chan said his officers were unable to separate the buses because their braking systems were locked and they had to jack up the buses and cut through parts of the smashed taxi to get to the trapped driver and passengers.

A woman named Lee on the runaway bus said she was reading a book when she heard a bang and screaming.

She saw the bus driver had collapsed and was leaning to his left.

I yelled for anyone to take control of the bus, but then it crashed into the taxi and the passengers were in a mess.

Labor lawmaker Aron Kwok Wai- keung, quoting injured passengers, said one brave passenger tried to control the double-decker but failed to get to the brake.

Kwok added: This a rare accident. We will have to pay more attention to the health of drivers.

Chief Inspector Tam Wing-leung said police will investigate the incident from three directions: mechanical failure, human error and any breach of traffic laws.

Lau, who joined New World First Bus in September 1998, reported for duty at about 5am yesterday and the tragic trip was his fourth round for the day.

The driver has been driving the route for over 10 years, said Motor Transport Workers General Union secretary Yeung Chun-kong, who added that the steep Chai Wan Road is challenging for drivers.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung emphasized that the location is not a traffic black spot, adding that bus drivers aged 50 or above must undergo annual health checks to make sure that they are still fit to drive.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 03:53 AM   #1158
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Bus driver passed health check-up
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The New World First Bus driver who blacked out at the wheel had passed his regular company health check-up in July, the firm said yesterday.

But it refused to say whether Lau Chit, who apparently fell unconscious before his bus rammed into a taxi, is suffering from diabetes.

One of the main causes of a person having a sudden blackout is the low level of glucose in the blood, according to doctors.

The company said whether it is appropriate for drivers suffering from diabetes to take to the road depends completely on the advice of doctors.

Last month, the bus company issued a circular to all drivers to inform management if they are diabetic and using insulin, but the company spokeswoman refused to say how many drivers had responded.

Doctor and lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said there could be a number of causes for a blackout, including a sudden drop in sugar level.

Kwok said this is common in diabetic patients using insulin.

It is also possible that the driver may have had a heart attack or is suffering from other cardiovascular diseases.

Legislative Council transport panel members voiced concern over the health of career drivers.

And New World First Bus Staff Union chairman Chung Chung-fai said: Generally, if a bus driver suffers from diabetes, he is required to notify the company immediately.

Our bus company then arranges for drivers to receive medical check-ups and doctors will decide whether it is appropriate for the driver to carrying on working. Chung said the bus company can also consider requiring drivers aged under 50 to receive regular medical checks.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 05:08 AM   #1160
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Leave nothing to chance on accidents
The Standard
Thursday, November 22, 2012

The bus crash that killed three and injured 56 on a steep slope in Shau Kei Wan this week was horrific.

It seems that Chai Wan Road is cursed.

For in December 1982, a cement truck crashed down the slope and slammed onto the pavement, killing four people and injuring 13.

In November 1992, a double-decker bus lost control on the road and plowed onto the pedestrian walkway. The driver died and 31 passengers were hurt.

So this Monday's tragedy may make it tempting for some to say that those years ending with a "2" are ominous for Chai Wan Road, but that's only superstition.

Instead, a serious attempt should be made to understand the health condition of the 57-year-old bus driver involved in the latest accident.

Such a review should not only focus on Monday's accident, but those that happened in the past as well.

For it seems more drivers are blacking out on the road than ever before.

In the latest accident, the New World First Bus driver passed out for more than 10 seconds behind the wheel.

He has not been the only one.

In a few of the cases, the luck of the drivers held out, for they were able to stop the vehicles before collapsing.

In November 2011, a cabbie suffered a heart attack, but managed to pull the taxi to the roadside before any serious consequences resulted.

But in most other cases, luck was simply absent.

On June 3, a KMB driver lost consciousness and crashed his vehicle into a Tuen Mun bus stop, killing one and injuring five. The driver was arrested.

On September 19, a taxi driver with a history of epilepsy had a seizure and lost control of the vehicle for 20 meters, causing a five-car pileup. Three people were injured.

Each case was probed by police as separate, isolated incidents.

Has there been any attempt to compare the various investigation results to determine if there were any common denominators?

As far as the public knows, there were none.

However, are government officials aware that the number of casualties in such accidents can end up being more disastrous than the ferry tragedy off Lamma Island on October 1?

It's high time a commission of inquiry is set up to review accidents collectively - whether on land or at sea - that would likely uncover causes that no isolated probe can.

Stakeholders should not only be road users, but all public transport firms, including ferries and railways, as well.

The five franchised bus companies employ about 12,000 drivers - 44 percent of them 50 years of age or older.

Their employers arrange for them to undergo annual health checkups. For those 60 or older, a cardiovascular check is also required.

But, unfortunately, regular health checks are not effective in discovering hidden illnesses early.

Relying on the drivers themselves to declare their health conditions is also not a solution.

A comprehensive inquiry is necessary and vital.
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