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    Concerns for Roadworks and Public Transport Safety [October 2016] 
     

    CRS is deeply saddened by three severe crashes on highways in Hong Kong in the last few days. The first one involved a taxi colliding onto a broken down vehicle on Route 5 West Kowloon Corridor. The second one involved a minibus colliding onto a roadwork vehicle on Route 1 Wong Chuk Hang Road, resulting in the death of the driver and injuries of two passengers. The third involved another minibus knocking down and killing a road worker on Route 1 Waterloo Road Flyover.

    All these collisions happened at night on free-flowing trunk roads where there were incidents or roadworks. Furthermore all three events involved public transport vehicles.

    CRS considers that far more effective safety measures are needed for roadworks and handling of broken down vehicles on highways. New trunk roads should be equipped with hard shoulders, even they are not classified as expressways. Furthermore, lower speed limits of 70km/h or 50km/h should not be the justification for lower road work safety requirements on free-flow highways as demonstrated in both fatal crashes.

    CRS has been urging Government to include road safety into the ongoing "Public Transport Strategy Study" (PTSS) since 2014. CRS has also repeatedly pointed out the importance of addressing this topic to Legco''''''''s Panel on Transport. We regret that this has not been accepted and public transport vehicles continue to demonstrate a high rate of involvement in crashes and pedestrian collisions.