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Old February 17th, 2016, 06:45 PM   #1381
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Hong Kong woman falls on moving bus, smashing glass door
17 February 2016
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A passenger escaped serious injury after she allegedly lost her balance on a moving double-decker bus, hit the glass door and broke it - about a fortnight after a similar incident.

The accident happened shortly before 9am on Wednesday outside The Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Au Wing-suen, 51, was travelling on Kowloon Motor Bus route 219X. According to police, she left her seat, stood near the exit door and got ready to get off at the next stop as the bus was making a turn into Nathan Road from Salisbury Road.

"Initial investigation showed that when she pressed the bell button, she allegedly lost balance and bumped into the exit door [in the middle of the bus]," a police spokesman said.

"As a result, the glass door smashed, and she was injured," he added.

Police said the woman did not fall out of the vehicle, and she was not hurt by glass fragments.

"She only complained of feeling pain in the left arm," the spokesman said.

The injured passenger was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment and later discharged.

One of the exit glass doors was shattered in the incident, according to police.

Officers from the Kowloon West traffic accident unit are investigating. The spokesman said the bus driver passed a breathalyser test.

As of 1pm, Kowloon Motor Bus was not available for comment.

On February 2, Chan Ng-lam, 68, suffered serious head injuries after he fell through the glass door of a moving single-decker bus in Kowloon Bay. He was thrown onto the road as the Kowloon Motor Bus vehicle was making a right turn.

On Tuesday, the elderly man remained in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in serious condition.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 07:52 AM   #1382
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Old March 21st, 2016, 06:44 PM   #1383
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Buses need crossbars on doors to avoid more people falling out, says mechanics expert
3 February 2016
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Local buses need bars across their glass doors to avoid a repeat of Tuesday's freak accident in which a passenger was thrown from a moving bus in Hong Kong, an expert has said.

The passenger, Chan Ng-lam, was still fighting for his life in hospital on Wednesday.

The 68-year-old suffered serious head injuries in the Kowloon Bay incident, and remained in critical condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, according to a government spokeswoman.

Lo Kok-keung, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said the exit door of the Kowloon Motor Bus single-decker was not made of tempered glass, but met international safety standards.

He said it was made of 4mm-thick, good quality glass, and believed about 50 pounds of force could break it.

On Tuesday, Chan was travelling on route 5M at about 2.30pm. He stood up and got ready to get off at the next stop.

According to police, as the bus was making a right turn from Muk On Street onto Shing Kai Road, Chan leaned on the exit door and fell through it when the glass smashed. He was knocked unconscious when he landed.

The driver, 49, stopped the bus and called police after he was informed of the accident by other passengers.

"As the bus was making a sharp turn, I believe there was over 80 pounds of centrifugal force when the passenger lost balance and fell onto the glass door," said Lo.

Two cross bars fixed at the waist and chest levels of the door could prevent people from falling out in similar circumstances, he added.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 03:25 PM   #1384
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 09:46 AM   #1385
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:38 PM   #1386
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Prototype HK$3.8m electric bus destroyed in blaze
15 December 2015
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A HK$3.8 million prototype electric bus, the first to be designed in the city but built on the mainland, went up in flames on Sunday.

The fire department believed the vehicle, which had just passed a road test and was ready for commercialisation, suffered a short circuit and overheated battery.

Police were alerted at about 5.30pm on Sunday when a driver passing the parking site in Fuk Hi Street at the Yuen Long Industrial Estate noticed thick black smoke billowing into the air.

Firemen put out the flames shortly before 6pm but the bus was reduced to a charred wreck.
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Technical staff in mainland China to blame for Hong Kong electric bus prototype going up in flames: report
Compromised water sealing of battery casings led to short circuit in HK$3.8 million vehicle
22 April 2016

A sudden fire that destroyed a HK$3.8 million prototype electric bus last year was caused by “operational errors” by mainland technical staff, who compromised testing procedures, an investigation has confirmed.

The locally designed bus, the city’s first, was part of a HK$40 million project funded by the government’s Innovation and Technology Fund for the Hong Kong Productivity Council to develop electric vehicle technologies.

The council partnered with Green Dynamic Electric Vehicle, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed China Dynamics (Holdings), which splashed out HK$20 million for the project and was granted the intellectual property rights to the technologies.

The council’s incident report stated that several Green Dynamic technical support staff members who conducted tests on the bus in Dongguan last October had kept the council in the dark about some performance test results.

“Some of the technical support staff ... compromised the water sealing of the battery casings during performance tuning and inspection. Subsequent seepage of water into the compromised battery casings eventually led to short-circuiting,” the report said.

The bus was reduced to a charred wreck after it went up in flames at a parking site in Yuen Long last December, just after it had passed a road test and was ready for commercialisation.

While it was designed for Hong Kong’s winding roads, the vehicle was made on the mainland due to a lack of manpower and space to build it in the city.

The report ruled out vandalism and battery overcharging as possible causes.

A spokesman for the council said that although the prototype was destroyed in the fire, the testing and research and development work had already been completed by the end of November last year, meaning Green Dynamic can obtain the intellectual property rights for the acquired technologies.

“This is a very precious experience for us so we will pay more attention in monitoring the work of technical staff for other projects,” said Jonathan Ho, the council’s general manager for corporate communication and marketing.

China Dynamics’ chief investment officer Godfrey Mak Shiu-chung said originally they expected to roll out the electric bus to the Hong Kong market early this year at a market price of HK$5 million.
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Bus drivers overworked; nearly half feel sleepy on duty: survey
7 June 2016
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A survey has shown that over 97 percent of public bus drivers in Hong Kong are overworked, with 78 percent saying they put in as many as 50 to 60 hours a week on duty.

About five percent of the drivers claimed that they are putting in more than 60 hours of work per week, Apple Daily reported.

The survey, which was conducted by a union advocating standard working hours, was based on interviews with 76 bus drivers from Citybus & New World First Bus Services.

With the exception of two drivers, all of the interviewees said they overwork on a weekly basis.

Three quarters of the bus drivers interviewed said they only have an average of seven or fewer hours of sleep every day.

Forty-seven percent of the drivers said they felt sleepy while on duty.

The union said it was shocked to find out that the Transport Department's guidelines on the maximum daily working hours and driving hours for bus drivers stand at 14 and 11, respectively.

That would mean that bus drivers can spend 55 to 66 hours a week behind the wheel for a five-day or six-day week.

As bus drivers' salary levels are not high, they may be putting in overtime regularly in order to make ends meet every month, the union said.

Lam Hong-lim, a Citybus Employees Union official, who is a driver himself, said he has had experience of working continuously for 13 hours a day.

Prolonged hours of sitting in bus seats has led to pain in his waist area.

Lam recommended cutting down the working hours limit for drivers from 14 to 12 each day, and that the number of driving hours be slashed from 11 to nine per day.
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This is a new Long Win bus for airport services which just debuted last weekend. It includes USB charge ports on board.

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Electric bus launch shelved due to faulty doorbell



A doorbell fault has forced New World First Bus and Citybus to cancel the launch of five electric buses at the last minute.

Public broadcaster RTHK is reporting that an alarm sounds continuously when the bell is pressed, instead of just once until the doors close.

However, the problem does not affect the safety of the vehicles which were manufactured in the mainland.

Nonetheless, the companies decided to wait until the problem has been fixed.

Wan Chai district councilor Clarisse Yeung said the companies’ explanation has failed to allay public concern.

“They’re very worried about the new electric buses and they oppose the idea of introducing the new buses here. But for environmental friendly concern, they support it. But they [do not have] confidence in the buses, which are made in China,” she said.

The first batch of five electric buses went into service last year but were taken out of service when problems developed with their doors in less than two weeks, according to RTHK.
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Why doesn't Citybus and NWFB buy European electric buses then?
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Why doesn't Citybus and NWFB buy European electric buses then?
Not sure if they have sufficiently strong power to handle Hong Kong's hot climates (A/C) and hill climbs. I suppose the European buses would be a lot more expensive as well.
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