Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that she will order an independent inquiry to see whether there are any systemic problems with the city's bus operations following the bus accident in Tai Po that killed at least 19 people.
She said the commission will be headed by a judge and she expects it to come up with suggestions to ensure Hong Kong's public transport system is reliable and safe.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the injured who had been sent to the Prince of Wales Hospital, the CE said the government is "deeply grieved" by the accident.
Lam, accompanied by senior government and hospital officials, said authorities had activated emergency response mechanisms to provide financial and psychological support to the families affected.
Executive councillor Fanny Law says she supports the Chief Executive's decision to form a commission of inquiry into recent bus crashes, and added that it should review manpower and rostering issues at franchised bus companies.
Last updated: 2018-02-11 HKT 11:00