Drivers of red-top minibuses now earn an average of just HK$10,000 a month, down from HK$30,000 four years ago. Photo: David Wong

Uncertain future for Hong Kong’s red and green minibuses, born of 1967 riots

With no new licences issued since the 1970s and MTR expansion steadily eroding profits and earnings, minibus operators struggle to recruit drivers. They hope to be allowed to add more seats

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Drivers of red-top minibuses now earn an average of just HK$10,000 a month, down from HK$30,000 four years ago. Photo: David Wong
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.