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Transport Department's response on installing speed limiters in public light buses

     In response to media enquiries today (August 3) on the installation of speed limiters on public light buses (PLB), a spokesman for the Transport Department (TD) made the following statement:

     The TD and vehicle manufacturers have been actively studying the feasibility of installing speed limiters in minibuses and deem it technically viable. The PLB trade will be consulted at the next trade conference at the end of August or early September. The TD will then conduct studies with vehicle suppliers and hopes to introduce speed limiters in phases by the end of this year to address the public concern about PLB safety.

     On the employment terms of green minibus (GMB) drivers, an additional condition has been included in the Passenger Service Licence since 2005, which requires GMB operators to directly employ GMB drivers. Most of the operators have followed this condition, and only a very few of them fail to observe the condition due to contractual or legal problems. The TD will urge them to meet the requirement as soon as possible.

Ends/Monday, August 3, 2009
Issued at HKT 19:19


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