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Minibus drivers need public safety incentive

For anyone who has ever been on a red-top minibus late at night, there was never any need of a survey to highlight how dangerous travelling by this mode of transport can be.

Tuesday, 28 December, 2010, 12:00am

Escape from AsiaWorld-Expo

The time: 12.45am on a chilly Saturday night. The place: an international hotel, by the international airport of Asia's World City. The problem: no one can leave.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Minibus drivers fume as taxis beat the heat

It was no idle threat to begin with. In the interests of cleaner air, any driver who left a vehicle parked with an idling engine for what a law enforcer deemed an unnecessary length of time would face a HK$320 fixed penalty.

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

CityChat

The government plans to install speed limiters on all minibuses after a string of fatal accidents, including one in which a minibus ran into the back of a truck travelling in the same direction between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun on July 25, resulting in the deaths of four people.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Half measures fail to tackle minibus problem

Authorities have been swift to respond to Saturday's tragedy involving a minibus. They have announced they will discuss with carmakers the feasibility of installing equipment in new vehicles that will prevent speed limits from being exceeded. There is such certainty of the success of the talks that the idea is projected to be rolled out as early as the end of the year.

28 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Curbs on street hawkers divide Hanoi

The Vietnamese capital of Hanoi has reached that most awkward threshold of modernisation - the question of what do about street hawkers.

Most regional cities may have long dealt with the issue, some with blanket bans and others with licensing regulations, but Hanoi's case is particularly vexing.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Taxis may clog Central over delay in fuel charge

Taxi drivers have threatened protests that could clog the traffic in Central during rush hour if the government fails to approve their application for a HK$1 fuel charge per trip by the end of this month.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Big deal

Cathay Pacific Holidays' Value Hanoi Package includes two nights' accommodation at the Sofitel Plaza Hanoi (accorhotels-asia.com/3553) and round-trip, economy-class flights for HK$3,499 per person, twin-share.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Dismay at dawdling on regulating minibus drivers

The government was lambasted yesterday for slow progress in regulating minibus drivers, despite figures that transport officials said showed an improving safety record in recent months.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Regulations stitch up the bribe-takers

You cannot pocket bribes without a pocket, can you? That is what a state agency hopes with its new clothing regulations.

The Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper said officials with a transport ministry department are requiring their toll-booth operators to sew up all the pockets on their work uniforms.

8 May 2006 - 12:00am

Reduced to a crawl

Nearly 200 drivers of taxis, and also minibuses, that run on LPG drove slowly through Central yesterday to protest against a new price-adjustment mechanism they blame for a rise in fuel prices by up to 40 per cent.

Disgruntled drivers say the new mechanism, which allows an LPG price review every month instead of twice a year, is costing them up to $2,000 a month.

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Hi-tech plans to offset minibus holdups

Minibus drivers are being advised to install Global Positioning Systems and closed-circuit televisions to combat robberies.

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong told the legislature yesterday that police were concerned about two minibus robberies carried out in the evening in the past four months.

18 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Flashing taxi adverts spark fears

Up to 1,000 taxis are to be fitted with rooftop electronic display boards showing advertisements and giving news flashes, weather forecasts and even World Cup football scores.

But the announcement last night drew concern from a motoring organisation, which warned the boards could distract drivers and create a road hazard.

5 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Tourists must be wary of Beijing's cabby mafia

I travel to the mainland a lot. I'm impressed with the people, their vigour for life, their openness, their honesty and their willingness to help.

So it is with a heavy heart that I have to issue this warning to visitors to Beijing - there is a taxi mafia operating at some of the hotels.

25 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Drivers warn of friction over taxi seat-belt law

Rear-seat passengers in some taxis will have to wear seat belts from Monday in a move operators say could lead to clashes with drivers.

Operators called for a three-month grace period before the start of prosecutions and for warning signs to be issued to cabs so passengers could become familiarised with the new regulations.

29 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

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