Date
11 December 2017
The green zone (left) is the area where Chiu Luen is allowed by the Transport Department to park its minibuses. But the operator is using up to three lanes of Tung Choi Street as parking space. Photos: Google Map, Apple Daily
The green zone (left) is the area where Chiu Luen is allowed by the Transport Department to park its minibuses. But the operator is using up to three lanes of Tung Choi Street as parking space. Photos: Google Map, Apple Daily

Mong Kok minibus operator gets dose of own medicine

Chiu Luen Public Light Bus Company Ltd., which secured a restraining order from the court to stop protesters from occupying roads in Mong Kok, was itself accused of illegally occupying Tung Choi Street in the same district with its red minibuses, Apple Daily reported Friday.

Passersby have reported that Chiu Luen’s minibuses were using three of the four lanes on Tung Choi Street as parking area. When the incident was reported to a traffic policeman at a nearby minibus stop, the officer said Chiu Luen has secured permission from the Transport Department to use the two lanes for parking.

An inquiry made by Apple Daily reporters later revealed that the Transport Department did not grant the minibus company the right to use Tung Choi Street as parking area.

A minibus driver who asked not to be named told the newspaper that the parking arrangements have existed for decades, as the designated parking area assigned by the Transport Department could only house around 10 minibuses.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Apple Daily reporters observed that there were up to 31 minibuses parked on Tung Choi Street.

Legislator James To, who is also a district councilor of the Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok districts, said people were willing to be flexible and accommodating in the past considering the traffic and parking situation.

“But since Chiu Luen has taken an antagonistic approach in applying for a restraining order against protesters, people would no longer go easy on them,” To was quoted as saying.

He said since illegal parking is also occupying road space, the police should not adopt double standards in law enforcement.

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