Bus companies should face more competition, the Government has been told. The calls follow an announcement that Kowloon Motor Bus Company's franchise has been extended for 10 years. The company, the largest bus operator in Hong Kong, with about 3,000 buses on 380 routes, has provided services in Kowloon and the New territories since 1993. Vice-chairman of Legco's transport panel Zachary Wong Wai-yin said: 'The 10-year period is a very long time. There could be better offers for the service by other companies in the years to come,' he said. Law Cheung-kwok, transport spokesman for the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, said there should be at least two bus companies on a route. Secretary for Transport Haider Barma said yesterday that talks over guaranteeing the company's annual profits were continuing. Mr Barma said the 10-year extension of the franchise was reasonable because 'it must take time to invest and develop'. Its managing director, John Chan Cho-chak, said a long franchise was right because 'big investment would be involved in developing the large network'. Chairman of the Transport Advisory Committee Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai said the buses faced enough competition from minibuses and taxis.