Date
19 August 2017
KMB's Lok Wah bus terminal where the government has ordered a temporary driver's lounge demolished. Photo: Exploringlife via Wikimedia Commons
KMB's Lok Wah bus terminal where the government has ordered a temporary driver's lounge demolished. Photo: Exploringlife via Wikimedia Commons

Govt orders KMB drivers’ lounge closed

The Housing Department has stopped KMB from installing a temporary drivers’ lounge at a bus terminal in Ngau Tau Kok.

KMB had put up the 5 ft. by 10 ft. facility at its Lok Wah terminal, so drivers can use it to rest and escape the summer heat, Apple Daily reports.

But on Thursday, the Housing Department cordoned off the area and ordered the structure demolished in 48 hours. Police were also called in.

The shelter is situated in an open area between the terminal and the sidewalk. 

KMB sought permission from the government to put up the lounge four years ago, a company spokesman said. The application is pending approval.

Li Kwok-wah, chairman of Staff Rights Association KMB, criticized the department for lacking empathy for bus drivers.

He said the government should review the KMB application.    

The KMB branch of the Motor Transport Workers General Union launched a sit-in protest at the bus terminal on Friday to express their outrage at the government, news website hk01.com reports.

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