Your Bus Driver Could Be Untrained
Hong Kong’s largest public bus operator has admitted to letting untrained part-time bus drivers drive. This came after Ming Pao received tip-offs regarding three such incidents. In one case, a part-time driver was assigned to more than 10 routes without training, including a complex cross-harbor route. Records show an increasing number of part-time KMB drivers manning routes without the mandatory two-day training, calling into question the safety of drivers, passengers and other motorists. Staff at the company told the newspaper that KMB has been hiring a large number of part-time drivers to ensure that the punctuality of their services would not be affected by a lack of full-time drivers. The company is in talks with the government ahead of the renewal of its franchise next July, during which the company will be evaluated for the punctuality of its services. Our take: That’s why the MTR can afford to increase fares.