Primary school students gather at KMB bus door, driver suspended from duty

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24th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) Recently, a video has been circulating online, showing a bus driver expressing dissatisfaction towards a group of primary school students who gathered near the bus door. The driver’s emotional outburst led to a heated argument. The incident took place on a Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) route, and the video has sparked controversy and divided public opinion.

According to the video uploaded to a local Facebook group by a netizen, the incident occurred on bus route number 10, which operates between Choi Wan and Tai Kok Tsui. The bus driver seemed frustrated with a group of primary school students who were not preparing to alight but instead congregated near the exit door, potentially hindering passenger movement. Despite repeated reminders from the driver, the students did not comply. Frustrated, the driver stopped the bus, left his seat, and approached the students at the door, berating them loudly.

The video, which lasts for about 10 seconds, shows the bus parked at a bus stop. Several primary school students wearing school uniforms and carrying backpacks are seen standing near the door. The angry driver confronts them, pointing out that there is ample space towards the rear of the bus and that they should not stand near the door if they have no intention of getting off. He demands that they immediately move to the back of the bus and threatens to report the incident to their school, saying, “Which school do you belong to? I will file a complaint against your school.”

Upon learning of the incident, Hong Kong 01 reached out to KMB for a statement. KMB responded that the incident occurred on the afternoon of the 22nd, at around 4 p.m. The bus driver involved has been suspended from duty, and KMB is currently investigating the matter. If any misconduct is confirmed, disciplinary action will be taken.

The video has sparked a heated debate among netizens. Some criticize the bus driver for lacking emotional intelligence and resorting to aggressive behaviour. However, others argue that the students were at fault for not following the driver’s repeated instructions, stating that the driver’s frustration was understandable. Comments such as “Are the students above reproach? What about the other passengers who need to board the bus?” and “The driver had already reminded them countless times, so it’s normal for him to lose his temper” can be found online.