Yuen Long estate truck ban unfair, drivers say

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2007, 12:00am

Truck drivers said their vehicles should not be the only ones banned from Fairview Park Boulevard in Yuen Long, after a school bus yesterday knocked down a 15-year-old boy cycling to school.

Managers of the Fairview Park private housing estate and Transport Department officials meet tomorrow to discuss banning heavy trucks from the road after a truck knocked down and killed a 12-year-old boy cycling to school in January.

The boy knocked down yesterday suffered head and neck injuries. The accident happened as a school bus was turning from the boulevard into a private lane. He was in stable condition in hospital.

Estate managers and residents said the accident was a one-off and could not be compared to January's accident, which prompted their demand for the ban on trucks that use the boulevard to go to and from container storage parks.

A spokesman for a container truck drivers' association said, however, the incident showed any vehicle could cause an accident on Fairview Park Boulevard and it would be unfair just to ban trucks.

'Last time it was a heavy truck, this time it was a school bus, next time it could be a private vehicle. There will always be accidents unless you ban cars from the road,' said Chiang Chi-wai, chairman of the Lok Ma Chau-Hong Kong Freight Association.

Mr Chiang represented drivers during a standoff last month with residents who formed a human chain to stop trucks using the route.

The general manager of Fairview Park Management, Albert Lam Kwok-fai, said heavy trucks posed the biggest threat to residents.

'These trucks do not give way to other vehicles. I have heard of occasions when our residents had to slam on their brakes when one of these huge monsters pulled out in front of them. They are dangerous.'

A Transport Department spokesman said the department was open to all suggestions, and called for the two sides to reach a consensus.