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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The fare of each franchised bus route depends on the route group and journey distance, rather than whether the route passes a toll tunnel or road, the Transport Department said today.

It made the remarks in response to the request of a reduction in bus fares following the Lantau Link toll waiver, adding that bus fares are determined in accordance with the relevant fare scales approved for each bus franchise by the Chief Executive-in-Council.

The department noted that after the commissioning of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Tunnel it has approved Long Win Bus Company, in accordance with the relevant fare scale, to reduce the fares of the six bus routes via the tunnel with a shortened journey distance ranging from $1.9 to $12.7.

Additionally, franchised buses were exempted from paying the toll when using government toll tunnels and control areas from February last year and franchised bus operators are required to keep the toll saved in their Franchised Bus Toll Exemption Funds.

When a bus operator applies for a fare increase and the Chief Executive-in-Council considers that there is a justifiable need to do so, the operator will be required to offset the increase by first using the balance in the fund.

The magnitude of the fare increase shouldered by the passengers will then be lowered and they will benefit directly, the department noted.

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