Tuesday, March 13, 2018,13:53
Michael Lunn to head panel to review bus franchise
By ​Carrrie Qiu
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 13:53 By ​Carrrie Qiu

In this Feb 10, 2018 photo, a passenger bus lies on its side after a crash as rescuers work in Hong Kong. The accident left 19 people killed and 65 injured. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday appointed Justice Michael Victor Lunn, Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, as head of an Independent Review Committee to recommend steps following a fatal bus crash in Tai Po.

The committee will review the existing laws and regulatory system of bus franchise, review the operation and management of bus franchise, and make safety recommendations

The Feb 10 bus accident, which left 19 people dead and 65 injured, is now under investigation by the Hong Kong police.

READ MORE: HK police launch probe into bus crash that killed 19

The two other committee members of the Independent Review Committee are: Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, Chairman of the Lingnan University Council, and Lo Hong-kam, Chair Professor and head of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Before attending the weekly executive meeting, Chief Executive Lam told the press that the Committee will review the accident from the perspective of safety.

The committee’s tasks include reviewing the existing laws and regulatory system of bus franchise, reviewing the operation and management of bus franchise, and making safety recommendations.

The committee may also invite individuals or organizations to submit recommendations. 

ALSO READ: CE Lam orders inquiry into fatal bus crash

Work will begin late this month and the Committee will submit a report to the government in nine months, said Lam.

She said eight people who were injured in the Feb 10 accident are still in the hospital. Of them, one is undergoing treatment for head injuries and is in serious condition. Condition of the others are stable. 

The Social Welfare Department has followed up with the 19 families of the deceased, and distributed HK$18 million among the families of the deceased and the injured victims.