Drivers held at school

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 November, 2010, 12:00am

Three drivers were arrested outside a Happy Valley school yesterday for allegedly operating an unlicensed bus service with private vehicles.

The three were spotted carrying a total of 14 children in three seven-seater vehicles at the French International School's primary campus on Price Road, Jardine's Lookout, at about 8am. The children told the officers that the vehicles were school buses, but there were no bus nannies on board as required by law.

Police said the school had a contracted bus service with a private firm and became suspicious when the seven-seaters were seen delivering students from Clear Water Bay and Sai Kung. They charged more than HK$1,800 per month, higher than the school contractor's rates, but still attracted many customers.

The three men, aged 44 to 59, were arrested for carriage of passengers for hire or reward without passenger service licences. They were released on bail and must report back next month. Their vehicles were held at Quarry Bay Vehicle Pound.

One of the vehicles was registered to an address in Cheung Hong Estate, Tsing Yi, and another at Tai Po Tau village, Tai Po. One was involved in another similar investigation.

Police urged parents and teachers not to use unlicensed school bus services as they might not be covered in the event of an accident.