KMB electric bus runs into trouble on first day of trial

August 01, 2017 11:44
The KMB electric bus had to be brought back to the terminus after a door failure. Photo:

The Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) confirmed that one of its electric buses, running on Route 5C, had to be taken back to the terminus for repair after a door failure on the way to Tsim Sha Tsui, reports.

The bus, on its first day of trial on Monday, resumed operation in the afternoon after its contractor replaced the door components, the KMB said.

The franchise bus operator said it has informed the transport and environmental protection departments about the incident and will seek more information from the bus manufacturer on the defects.

Other electric buses on trial service have been operating normally, the KMB said.

News about the incident first broke out on social media, where some netizens said an electric bus bearing the registration mark UU6195 broke down after making its first stop from the Tsz Wan Shan terminus at 7:52 a.m.

The KMB started the trial of its electric bus fleet on Monday on several bus routes, including the 5C, 6C, and S64, Apple Daily reported.

The electric buses are single-deckers manufactured by BYD.

In a bid to improve roadside air quality, the government has offered a full HK$180 million subsidy to franchise bus companies in purchasing electric buses from BYD under a pilot scheme. Numerous defects have since been reported from these electric vehicles.

The five electric buses purchased by Citybus New World First Bus were also reported to have several issues and required frequent inspections and servicing.

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