MTR Corp. announced on Tuesday it will launch a registration scheme that will allow people to bring certain oversized musical instruments aboard its trains.
The company announced the plan in response to widespread criticism over its policy against oversized luggage.
Under the new scheme, people who carry “slightly oversized” musical instruments may register with the MTR, and will be allowed to board the trains starting next month, but only during non-peak hours.
Last week, about a hundred musicians held an impromptu concert at the MTR Tai Wai Station to protest the railway operator’s “selective enforcement” of its policy on oversized luggage.
The musicians said MTR staff evict passengers carrying large musical instruments but allow parallel traders to bring oversized containers on board.
Further details of the new trial scheme will be announced by the end of October.
Jacob Kam, operations director of MTR Corp., stressed that the operator would not be able to accommodate all musical instruments.
Commuters with musical instruments that are larger than a cello are unlikely to be allowed onboard even when the scheme is implemented, Kam said.
The company held a two-week-long public consultation on the existing size restrictions on personal objects that can be carried into stations and trains.
A total of 552 submissions have been received via fax, mail and email. About half of the submissions cited the need to set up a registration scheme.
Raymond Young Lap-moon, former permanent secretary for home affairs, told the Hong Kong Economic Journal in an interview last month that MTR management should grant permits that will allow people to carry musical instruments onboard.
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