Date
24 August 2017
Michael Tien wants mandatory allocation of priority seats on public transport for people with disability or genuine need. Photo: HKEJ
Michael Tien wants mandatory allocation of priority seats on public transport for people with disability or genuine need. Photo: HKEJ

Michael Tien bats for disabled on public transport

Legislative councilor Michael Tien is proposing legislation that would make priority seats available to people in need on Hong Kong’s public transport.

Tien said the government could issue special identity cards to these passengers similar to the practice in other cities, Apple Daily reported Monday.

He said legislation is needed to make the practice mandatory because of growing concern people with genuine needs are being ignored on public transport.

Also, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish such passengers from others.

The priority seats would be like reserved parking for the disabled. Drivers who have no disability or genuine need would be prohibited from such parking slots, he said.

Tien’s suggestion has run into opposition from some netizens who say the proposed law could set a bad precedent and is difficult to execute, the report said.

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