Your Bus Driver Could Be Un­trained

HK Magazine - - NEWS -

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.

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