Macau (MNA) – The part-time bus driver who was involved in the fatal accident on Tuesday is also a worker in a local casino, revealed Abel Kwok Tong Cheong, deputy general manager of local bus company New Era Public Bus Co. Ltd.
Speaking during a press conference on Friday, Mr. Kwok said the driver in question obtained his bus driver license last April and started working last September.
Mr. Kwok also revealed that the driver drove around four hours per day but not daily.
When asked by the press about the reasons for hiring a casino worker, in light of the fact that casino jobs could be intensive and have unstable shifts, the director of New Era, Fong Li Qun, admitted that their internal safety management had “flaws.”
“Regarding the requirements for hiring a part-time driver, there is no fixed standards that can be referenced to,” said Mr. Fong.
“If a person passed the requirements [tests and examinations], he or she would often be recruited because of the shortage of drivers,” he argued.
Meanwhile, the representatives of the three bus companies as well as the head of the Transport Bureau (DSAT), Kelvin Lam Hin San, affirmed that they had never requested bus drivers to meet daily shift quotas.
Several alleged bus drivers revealed in a radio programme hosted by local broadcaster TDM Chinese News, Macao Forum, that they need to often drive fast to meet daily quotas.
“For those who are having a monthly salary, the number of shifts does not affect the driver’s salary,” said Kuan Weng Kai, the deputy director of local bus operator Transmac.
“When traffic is good, they might need to take six to seven shifts but when traffic is bad then they might end up doing only four shifts,” he added.
Leung Mei Leng, director of another local bus operator, Sociedade De Transportes Colectivos De Macau, Sarl (TCM), said their buses have GPS installed to monitor the speed of vehicles.
[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]