KMB tests system to enhance road safety

Local | Charlotte Luo 16 May 2019

Kowloon Motor Bus is testing a "smart indicator system" on its own fleet and buses operated by Long Win to remind nearby drivers to be courteous.

When bus captains turn on an indicator, the LED route display screen at the back of buses will show the message "Please Give Way to Bus" to remind other motorists on the road to be considerate, a KMB spokesman said.

He said there are numerous passengers on buses, including elderly citizens and children, and added that "KMB hopes all drivers will be courteous to buses by giving them priority."

Andrew Kwan Chi-wai, KMB's safety director, said about 1,300 buses, equating to 30 percent, will have the system installed.

Given the growing trend of pedestrians using their mobile phones when crossing the road, KMB has installed LED curb lights, flashing lights and buzzers at Mei Foo Bus Terminus to remind pedestrians to be wary of the road conditions.

Kwan said if the trial results are satisfactory, the firm will gradually install it at other bus terminuses.

To improve driving safety, parking sensors have been installed on five buses to enhance captains' awareness of the environment.

KMB is also studying anti-drowsiness systems to monitor the status of captains.

The trials have entered the final stage, after the company earlier invited five suppliers to test their systems.

Kwan said once the trial report is completed, procurement procedures will commence on an open tendering basis.

The company plans to install the system on its bus fleet in phases from the fall, with the first phase involving Long Win buses.

"KMB moves with the times and we aim to enhance bus safety by introducing various safety measures," Kwan said.

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