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Non-franchised bus and nanny van drivers to act against virus


The Commissioner for Transport, Mr Robert Footman, today (April 1) kicked off a cleansing campaign for the non-franchised bus and school private light bus (nanny van) operators and drivers.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Mr Footman said that as pointed out by the Chief Executive a few days ago, we must all play our part in the fight against atypical pneumonia virus. "Today, friends in the non-franchised bus and school private light bus trade have demonstrated their commitment to the community-wide effort," he said.

Mr Footman advised drivers of non-franchised buses and school private light buses to:

* wear masks, as they served many passengers;

* open the windows a bit if the windows could be opened to ensure proper ventilation. Buses carrying young students would have to pay more attention if windows were opened;

* clean bus compartments daily;

* be considerate to passengers who show possible symptoms of atypical pneumonia.

Appealing to all frontline drivers to follow the guidelines and to ensure a hygienic vehicle environment, he reminded passengers to play their part by opening their windows a bit.

He added that support from the transport sector would help Hong Kong beat the disease.

A health talk will be held tomorrow (April 2) at City Hall for public transport sector operators.

End/Tuesday, April 1, 2003


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