Are these buses safe?
WHILE buses are generally safe, double-decker buses can topple over. Take, for example, the accident on December 12.
While I, in no way, wish to comment on the circumstances of the accident on December 12, I have expressed my concern over safety on buses before - letter headlined, 'Blocked aisles on buses hazardous', South China Morning Post, November 30.
In the event of a double-decker falling on to its side, we have to consider the following facts: Passengers stand on the upper deck and stairs of a bus, especially during rush hours.
Many passengers choose to stand simply because the seats are too narrow.
The seats are so narrow that the aisle-seat passengers often have to stick out over the edge, thus making the aisles impassable.
I hate to think what could happen on a double-decker bus that was packed and that toppled over.
C.S. KUNG Kowloon