Three injured in minibuses' collision in Aberdeen

March 11, 2019 16:59
A red minibus was cruising on Shek Pai Wan Road in Aberdeen on Sunday when it hit the rear of a green minibus that was picking up passengers. Photo: Now News

Three people were injured when a red minibus crashed into a green minibus in Aberdeen on Sunday morning.

At around 9 a.m., the red minibus was cruising on Shek Pai Wan Road and heading for Pok Fu Lam. As it was approaching the Tin Wan bus stop, it reportedly went out of control and hit the rear of a green minibus, which was picking up passengers, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Among those injured was the 71-year-old male driver of the red minibus.

A woman, 43, ended up lying in the middle of the road as she was boarding the green minibus when the accident happened. She suffered head and hand injuries, reported.

The owner of the red minibus said the injured driver, a relative, has been driving for about 50 years; he drove every day, except for the first day of the Lunar New Year. 

Under the Road Traffic (Driving Licenses) Regulations, a driver aged 70 or above must secure a certification from a registered medical practitioner that he or she is medically fit to drive the motor vehicle when applying for one-year renewal of a driving license.

Currently, there are 175,000 people holding a license to drive a public light bus, and more than 50,000 of them are aged 60 to 69 while about 15,000 are aged at least 70, according to official data.

Public light bus associations said it is hard to set and implement a retirement age for drivers because of manpower shortage.

Owners of minibuses must be on-board and observe the performance of newly recruited drivers who are aged 70 or above, the associations said.

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