The MTR Island Line train had a rare door-slinging accident at Causeway Bay Station. The MTR stated that preliminary investigations revealed that it was related to the collision with the advertising light box.
The accident occurred during rush hours and caused traffic congestion on Hong Kong Island. According to the delay certificate issued by the MTR, the incident occurred at 5:54 pm and was cleared and reopened at 8:46 pm, that is, a delay of 2 hours52 According to the fare mechanism of the MTR, it is expected that the MTR will be fined 3 million yuan, and if the delay is 8 minutes, it will be fined 2 million yuan more.
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The service of the MTR Island Line between Wan Chai and Tai Koo Station was temporarily suspended in the evening due to the loss of the car door.
According to the delay certificate issued by the MTR, the service of the Island Line will be affected from 5:54 pm to 8:46 pm, that is, a delay of 2 hours and 52 minutes.
As the incident occurred during peak hours after work hours, traffic congestion on the entire Hong Kong Island was caused.
The fine will be credited to the fare premium account
According to the MTR fare mechanism, service delays of more than 2 hours but less than 3 hours are subject to a fine of 3 million yuan. The fine will be credited to the fare concession account according to the "profit sharing mechanism" and service performance arrangements.
According to the mechanism, train service delays include service delays and suspensions caused by machine failures or human factors within the MTR's control area. Passenger behavior and bad weather will not be included.
According to the MTR 2021 Interim Results Report, in the first half of 2021, 9 MTR heavy rail network delays of 31 minutes or more were caused by MTR controllable factors. However, the amount of fines still needs to be assessed based on the actual delay time.
In 2019, a number of large-scale MTR incidents resulted in a historical peak of fines of 86.5 million yuan. In March of that year, two trains without passengers collided near the Central Station of the Tsuen Wan Line, and in September near the Hung Hom Station of the East Rail Line. A train derailment occurred.
The current fine mechanism came into effect in June 2017. This is the second time that the government has increased the fines and maximum fines at all levels in the fare adjustment mechanism of the MTR Corporation.
The new round of review of the fare adjustment mechanism will be completed in 2023. It is expected that the government will discuss the relevant arrangements with the MTR next year. Whether the fines under the "Service Performance Arrangement" will increase or decrease will be included in the relevant discussions.
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