Belt-up plan for buses
By NAOMI LEE
BUS drivers will have to buckle up to ensure passenger safety under new regulations recommended by the Transport Advisory Committee (TAC) yesterday.
TAC chairman Professor Leung Chi-keung said the committee members agreed that newly registered buses should be fitted with seatbelts, but were yet to decide whether the law should apply to existing vehicles.
The committee called on the Government to study whether local buses and coaches could be equipped with seatbelts for drivers.
'I suppose it would take about two months for the government report to be drafted. Until we receive the report, we can't decide on a time frame for the implementation of the proposed law,' he said.
He added that once the law had been passed by the Legislative Council, operators would have a year to modify their newly registered vehicles.
Meanwhile, civil engineer and chairman of Capital China Group Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai will take over Professor Leung's post on April 1.