Passengers fed up with loud TV programmes on Hong Kong minibuses will soon be able to switch off the noise on the speakers nearest to them. A fleet of about 600 minibuses that carry television programmes and commercials will have until the end of the month to install the switches, the Transport Department said yesterday. Any of the remaining 3,730 minibuses that want to install the sets must comply with the new rule. At present minibuses have a large TV at the front and three speakers on each side of the bus. However, regular buses will not be forced to follow suit. The South China Morning Post first reported complaints about the TV programmes on minibuses this month. Increasing numbers of the vehicles are now having the 'infotainment' sets installed. The Citizens Party, which has been lobbying transport officials to ban the TV sets, welcomed the news as a step in the right direction, but warned passengers may not get as much control over the volume as promised. Party spokeswoman Catherine Ng Wah-hung said the confined space inside minibuses meant passengers would still be bothered by the speakers and the driver could switch on any speaker that had been turned off. 'The minibuses saw that buses got away with TV broadcasting and followed their example,' said Ms Ng, who will meet transport officials tomorrow to discuss the TV nuisance on buses and minibuses. 'Even with the buttons, I have heard some of them don't work and the driver has control. We are also disappointed that regular buses don't have to do the same,' she said. The department said there were no plans to force buses to follow suit. A spokeswoman said it had received four complaints since minibuses started carrying televisions last month. Some district councils have also complained. Most vehicles on New World First Bus and Kowloon Motor Bus have TV screens. The department received 179 complaints over the last two months about TV screens on buses. The Hong Kong, Kowloon & New Territories Public & Maxicab Light Bus Merchants' United Association said the new rule on switches was unnecessary and unfair to passengers who wanted to listen to TV news and entertainment. But association chairman Leung Hung said it would tell drivers and minibus owners to follow the rule.