Clean up your act

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 1995, 12:00am

THE Kowloon Motor Bus Company wants to raise its fares again.

The Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) should impose new conditions which would have to be met before fare rises were allowed.

KMB's 1993 annual report, recorded $322 million in profits. It has 3,170 buses covering some 243km annually. Its operations must have a significant impact on the air quality of Hong Kong.

Fare rises should not be allowed unless it puts forward an initiative to reduce exhaust emissions on its vehicles, for example, when engines are idling while buses are stationary. It's all very well KMB upgrading services by increasing the number of air-conditioned vehicles, and reducing the frequency of breakdowns, but work must be done to reduce exhaust emissions.

If a commercial giant like KMB improved its operations, the public might feel more sympathetic towards a fare rise.