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Govt rejects transport sector call for more aid

2019-12-11 HKT 16:34
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Transport Secretary Frank Chan on Wednesday rejected calls to dole out aid to franchised transport services affected by protests, saying the services are run as commercial businesses and they should have provisions to address such situations.

"Public transport services in Hong Kong are generally provided by relevant service operators on commercial principles. Maintenance and procurement of vehicles etc are under the daily operation scope for which the operators and the vehicle owners should be responsible," said Chan.

"At present we have no plans to set up a special fund for vehicle owners affected, to repair or procure vehicles," the secretary said in reply to a query from transport sector lawmaker Frankie Yick.

At a Legco session, Yick said this was not like asking for help for traffic accident damage as vehicles were being targeted for attacks.

Chan said more than 500 public transport were vandalised during public events over the past half a year, including about 420 franchised buses and about 100 minibuses, taxis and non-franchised buses.

He said the government understands the difficulties of the service providers and the financial secretary has already rolled out some measures to support the industry.