Hong Kong bus operator Citybus invited bids from vehicle scrapping companies on Friday to decommission its 1964 A.E.C. Routemaster known as ‘Citybus No. 1’—the oldest vehicle in the company’s fleet.

Interested firms are required to help Citybus apply for the Environmental Protection Department’s Ex-gratia Payment Scheme, which is aimed at phasing out pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles that have been in use in Hong Kong for more than 15 years.

Under the scheme, Citybus will receive HK$729,900 from the department in exchange for scrapping the antique bus.

The A.E.C. Routemaster bus produced in 1964.
The A.E.C. Routemaster bus produced in 1964. Photo: Dennis Law

Commentator Jacky Lim, who has launched an email campaign to save the bus, told HKFP that the EPD scheme is an example of “destroying heritage with public funds using the excuse of environmental protection” and that Citybus management “would do anything for money.”

“The bus is a valuable piece of Hong Kong’s transportation history,” Lim said, “There is an alternative scheme in place in the UK to save these buses by replacing the engines with newer, more environmental friendly ones.

“However,” he added, “the assistant director of the EPD Mok Wai-chuen said in LegCo that there is no alternative but to scrap the old bus. It’s nonsense.”

一人一電郵:要求城巴撤銷標售「1號仔」,要729,900就去問莫偉全攞電郵全文:致:城巴有限公司董事總經理 鄭偉波 及 營運部經理 龔樹人 電郵:webmaster@citybus.com.hk , louiskung@…

Posted by Jacky Lim 林鴻達 on 2015年9月25日

In 2013, Citybus scrapped another A.E.C. Routemaster produced in 1962.

The A.E.C. Routemaster was designed in London in 1954 by the Associated Equipment Company, and produced from 1958 to 1968.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.