Roaches on air-con bus

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 August, 1996, 12:00am

On a recent rainy afternoon I took a No 101 bus from Kai Tak to Western after seeing a friend off at the airport.

The fare was not excessive, only $6.50 for a cross-tunnel trip.

However, regardless of the cost, I think the Kowloon Motor Bus Company should pay better attention to hygiene on its old vehicles.

To my dismay, as I was staring out of the window, I saw at least half a dozen small cockroaches moving along the window pane.

Looking around, I found that some others had already crawled their way on to the passenger rails.

It struck me since it was an air-conditioned bus, there was no reason why there should be a pest problem.

What would the scene be like on a non-air-conditioned bus? Would it be even worse, with unclean seats and an unhygienic environment? I and my companion had to move to other seats to avoid the unexpected nuisance.

We were lucky that the bus was only half-full. Still, I was made to wonder: has this profit-making bus company failed to maintain hygiene on its fleet? NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED