Legislators may ask pupils to attend schools at different times on September 1 over fears a change of bus operator on Hong Kong Island may lead to a small-scale Chek Lap Kok debacle. At a transport panel meeting, chairman Miriam Lau Kin-yee said she was worried any mistakes made on the first day of the new school year would create chaos. Commissioner for Transport Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun said she would suggest the Education Department consider arranging for students to return to school at different times on September 1. She said an earlier takeover of the 88 routes by New World First Bus was not possible because China Motor Bus had insisted on working until the last day of its franchise on August 31. Members expressed concern over problems relating to manpower and maintenance of buses that might occur during the transition. A common fear among the panel was that CMB drivers would be unable to adapt immediately to the 50 new buses which First Bus plans to use along with the 710 existing CMB buses. The new buses arrive in Hong Kong in late August. CMB has refused to allow representatives from First Bus to check its buses, say reports. However, First Bus managing director Adolf Hsu Hsung was confident his company would have enough workers because most CMB employees had asked to join the new company.