Lawmaker hits at KMB fares plan

Local | Amy Nip 4 Jan 2018

Protesting KMB's "premium bus" plan, a lawmaker yesterday compared it to adding flying fish roe on top of a shumai and calling it "premium shumai."

KMB has proposed adding two premium bus routes from the fourth quarter at the earliest. The routes are P960, running from Tuen Mun to Wan Chai North, and P968 from Yuen Long to Tin Hau.

P960 would cost HK$31.20 in comparison to HK$20.80 for 960 running a similar route. The P968 route would cost HK$35.10 in contrast to the HK$23.40 for the 968.

The buses running the premium routes would offer wider seats, USB charging sockets and Wi-fi. Passengers would also be guaranteed seats.

Lawmaker Michael Luk Chung-hung, who is also a Yuen Long district councilor, said there is little difference between premium buses and normal buses.

He used an analogy to describe how slight the difference is: "It's like adding flying fish roe on top of a shumai and calling it premium shumai."

He said the new service sounded like an excuse for the bus company to increase fares.

The vice chairman of the traffic and transport committee of Tuen Mun District Council, Yip Man-pan, said passengers could not afford the proposed fares.

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