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Public service vehicles enforcement operation starts

     The Police will hold a five-day territory-wide public service vehicles road safety enforcement operation starting from tomorrow (February 23) to February 27.

Stringent enforcement actions will be taken against offences committed by drivers of public service vehicles (taxis, franchised buses, public light buses, private light buses and private school buses), including using mobile communication devices while driving, speeding, and seatbelt-related offences.

     According to Police figures, there were 6,803 traffic accidents involving public service vehicles in 2016, causing 9,210 casualties and 48 fatalities. This accounted for 42 per cent of the total traffic accidents during the year.

     The main contributory factors to these accidents were drivers driving inattentively, driving too close to the vehicle in front, careless lane changing, failing to ensure the safety of passengers, and improper or illegal turn, a Police spokesman said.

     The Police reminded public service vehicle drivers not to use any mobile communication devices while driving, and that they should obey road traffic regulations, pay attention to road conditions, wear seatbelt and remind passengers to wear seatbelt.

     For more road safety information, please visit the Police website: www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/05_traffic_matters/enforcement.html.

Ends/Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:48
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