Pressure is building for an early takeover of bus services on Hong Kong Island by new operator New World First Bus. Citing the findings of a survey, the Democratic Party yesterday said First Bus should take over from China Motor Bus three days before the end of the franchise on August 31. This would help avoid chaos on the planned takeover day of September 1, the first day of the new school term. Party vice-chairman Dr Yeung Sum said: 'Even CMB admits to disorder every year on the first day of school. 'It will be a much grimmer situation to make September 1 the first day of the operation of First Bus,' said Dr Yeung, a legislator. According to the survey, conducted by Hong Kong University, more than 60 per cent of the 555 respondents supported an early takeover by First Bus. The Democrats and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong will hold separate meetings with Commissioner for Transport Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun today to push for an early takeover. Dr Yeung said an early takeover was justified because of the deterioration in CMB's service. The Democrats' own survey found the number of CMB buses that arrived late during rush hours averaged 19 per cent in the morning and 32 per cent during the afternoon.