Dennis Dragon

Farewell to Hong Kong's 'hot dogs'

Have you ever taken a 'hot dog'? 'Hot dog' is the common slang in Hong Kong for a non-air-conditioned bus. KMB stopped using these buses this month and some people are upset because they have good memories of those buses.

Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am

Thanks for the ride

Last week the city's last 'hot dogs' trundled into retirement after 80 years of service. We mean those trusty, old-style non-aircon double-deckers. They earned their nickname for trapping passengers in hot cabins during long rides in the summer.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Passengers swelter as KMB changes to low gear on phasing out 'hot dog' buses

On a hot morning at the Tsim Sha Tsui bus terminus this week, the driver and passengers on the No5 bus were sweating profusely as the temperature reached 32 degrees Celsius - three degrees higher than outside.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Too hot, too cold, bus commuters suffer either way

An environmental group and a doctor have warned of the health hazard posed by the low temperatures inside air-conditioned buses.

But non-air-conditioned buses can become uncomfortably hot, which is why they are colloquially referred to as 'hot dogs'.

8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Working on capacity problems

We have obviously upset your correspondent Sue Tickner (South China Morning Post, August 10), who complains of the replacement of double-deck buses by single-deck buses on route 3B and the replacement of two-door single-deckers by one-door vehicles on route 12M.

We apologise for the capacity problems and inconvenience this has caused.

15 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Buses upgraded for better air

We refer to a Letter to the Editor, 'Angry about 'real' increase' (South China Morning Post, December 19), regarding the bus fare on Route No 85C.

With effect from December 1, 1997, an average seven per cent fare increase was approved for KMB bus routes.

The fare for New Territories air-conditioned bus Route No 85C was adjusted from $6.60 to $7.10.

9 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Stark contrast

It seems that despite direct competition from another bus company on the same route, KMB is still unable to provide a satisfactory service.

I take the No 681 from Ma On Shan to Central. KMB and Citybus jointly operate this service, it seems on an alternating basis. The contrast in service from the two companies could not be more stark.

22 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Citybus fire 'potentially explosive'

Mechanical experts have warned problems that caused fires in several buses last week could be explosive.

The one Citybus and two Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) vehicles are being inspected to determine why flames erupted from their engines last Sunday.

26 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Air-con temperature pre-set

We refer to the letter published on May 1, regarding our route 15 bus to the Peak, and would like to thank Ms Julia Chan for bringing our attention to this matter.

We are pleased that in general she is satisfied with the quality of the service and the buses on that route.

4 May 1996 - 12:00am

Scrap total air-con plan

THERE has been much debate in the press and elsewhere recently about the merits and demerits of air-conditioned buses.

21 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Citybus secures prompt fare rise of 13.4 per cent

FARES on Citybus will rise by an average 13.4 per cent from September 11, the Executive Council decided yesterday.

The rise follows exactly the recommendations of the Transport Department which were endorsed by the Transport Advisory Committee last month.

But the increase is less than the 15.5 per cent Citybus had asked for in its application.

31 Aug 1994 - 12:00am