Minibuses may be included for proposed fare subsidy

Local | 13 Oct 2017 12:51 pm

The Transport Secretary Frank Chan Fan said today the Government is considering in inclusion of red minibuses and shuttle buses in the subsidy scheme the Chief Executive proposed on Wednesday.

Under the scheme, a person who spends more than HK$400 on public transport a month can get up to HK$300 in subsidies.

But red minibuses that are free to operate anywhere without control over routes or fares and shuttle buses provided by private housing estates have been excluded from the scheme, because officials said their fares aren’t regulated by the government.

Speaking on a RTHK radio program, some residents living in Ma Wan Island complained that they cannot benefit because they depend on shuttle buses. 

Chan said public views have been heard and his team will review whether it’s possible to expand the scheme and cover red minibuses and shuttle buses.

"We have heard the voices and opinions from fellow citizens and the trade throughout these days, and we are seriously considering whether or not they should be included. If there are genuine reasons that the scheme would help them out in some ways, I think this deserves our consideration. 

"We need to also consider the amount of public expenditure on such inclusion as well, and therefore we need to go back and consider in much greater details.”

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