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Two fight for their lives after minibus crash

Two people were in critical condition in hospital last night after a minibus crashed into a bus stop in Kwun Tong.

Sunday, 1 January, 2012, 12:00am

Idling ban makes a difference

The ban on idling engines could improve air quality by at least 30 per cent, according to a test conducted a day before and a day after by the South China Morning Post.

However non-compliance as a result of lax enforcement and polluting vehicles could also offset these potential benefits.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Idling ban up, running but going nowhere fast

Law enforcement officers will adopt a lenient approach in the first month of the ban on idling engines, with verbal warnings given first before offenders are handed any HK$320 fixed-penalty tickets, environment officials said yesterday.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Solar alternative to beat heat after idling ban

Technology could rescue drivers worried about having to wait in sweltering heat without air conditioning after an engine-idling ban comes into effect in December.

Solar-powered air conditioning can cool a vehicle for two to three hours if the battery is fully charged.

It can save up to 40 per cent on fuel, its developer claims.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Overlooked icons

Hong Kong is well known for its world-class skyline, the Star Ferry, dim sum and its lumbering trams. But these are not the only symbols of the Pearl of the Orient, as poignant and striking as they are. The following are five of the lesser-known emblems of the city, all of which are equally representative of Hong Kong's character, people and history.

Red lampshades

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

More taking their seats on city's green minibuses

While bus companies are claiming fewer passengers, more are using some minibuses.

The first six months of the year have brought good business for green minibuses. These vehicles, which are regulated by the government, made more than 273,000 passenger journeys - almost 10,000 more than in the same period last year.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Embryos mixed up due to human error

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

More people prosecuted for not buckling up

More taxi and public light bus drivers and passengers are being prosecuted for not wearing seat belts, but they are still not available on many of the city's minibuses.

The number of prosecutions brought by police rose from 1,848 in 2009 to 2,567 last year for public light buses and from 1,264 in 2009 to 1,409 in 2010 for taxis, according to the Transport and Housing Bureau.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Man critical after hit-and-run

A 37-year-old man was in a critical condition in Princess Margaret Hospital after a minibus and a taxi hit him as he lay on a road in Tsuen Wan early yesterday. Last night, police were still looking for the drivers of a red minibus and urban taxi after the incident at the junction of Ham Tin Street and Sha Tsui Road at about 1.15am.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Minibus operators offer fare freeze for increase in seats

Operators of green-top minibuses say they will freeze fares for three years and offer discounts of up to 20 per cent to the elderly if they are allowed to increase the number of seats from 16 to 20, but the Transport Department is not keen.

27 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Son dies after father falls asleep at wheel

A father who said he had fallen asleep at the wheel crashed his car yesterday, killing his nine-month-old son and injuring his wife and young daughter in a road accident in rural Tsuen Wan.

The accident took place at about 2pm when the 37-year-old man was driving his family along Tsing Long Highway towards Tuen Mun.

9 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Three injured as minibus overturns

Three passengers were injured when a minibus hit railings, toppled over and crashed into a car in Mong Kok. The red minibus, which was travelling from Lam Tin to Mong Kok, struck the railings and a traffic light after turning from Prince Edward Road West into Earl Street. Three passengers, aged between 29 and 50, were slightly injured. They were sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Minibus catches fire in Kwai Chung

A green minibus caught fire in Kwai Chung yesterday morning. The blaze broke out at about 10am, when the minibus arrived in Lam Tin Street. The driver and the six passengers fled the scene. Firefighters took about 10 minutes to put out the fire and the vehicle was severely damaged. Initial investigations by police found the vehicle's engine had overheated.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Exemptions undermine efforts to clean up air

Hong Kong is well known around the world for its beautiful harbour views. Unfortunately, these views are too often clouded by smog. Air pollution is endangering the health of residents and deterring some visitors and foreign professionals from coming to our city. A proposed new ban on idling motor engines is a small step in the right direction.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

3-minute grace period for idling ban

Yet another exemption has been added to the planned ban on idling engines: drivers are to be given three minutes' grace before being slapped with a HK$320 ticket.

But the measure, part of efforts to clean up the city's filthy air, still failed to win drivers' support. Drivers and enforcers warned the grace period would lead to confusion.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am