A bus driver on her fourth day of work at Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (KMB) could not find the emergency hand brake, causing a panic among her passengers, Apple Daily reported Monday.
The new driver was about to start her shift on route No. 88X departing from the MTR’s Sha Tin Station but failed to locate the hand brake, which she had to release before the vehicle could start moving, and seemed clueless about operating the bus.
The woman, surnamed Chan, sought help from a more experienced colleague, who had to assist her three times in the space of two minutes, including showing her how to operate the hand brake.
He eventually helped her drive the bus out of the terminus.
When Chan, 40, resumed control of the bus, she braked heavily to avoid hitting a minibus.
The 20 or so passengers on board the bus demanded that she drive it back to the terminus and insisted that they be allowed to board a bus with a different driver.
A KMB spokesman said Sunday night that it was the first time Chan was operating the newer model of bus and was unfamiliar with the layout of the controls.
Legislator Gary Fan Kwok-wai, a member of the Legislative Council transport affairs panel, said it was a serious incident that called into question KMB’s training and assessment mechanisms.
Fan called for a public explanation from the bus company.
Chan started driving the route from Ping Tin Estate in Lam Tin to Sha Tin Station on May 7.
The newspaper said she had already been involved in a minor accident that resulted in damage to the rear mirror of her bus.
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