Here in Hong Kong, there aren't WAB routes... ALL routes are WAB routes... as long as a bus takes a wheelchair it WILL take a wheelchair. As for non-wheelchair compatible bus stops... seriously, i'm sure the bus can accomodate any bus stop.
Why add more WAB buses when there are not so many "WAB-safe" routes?
Because, these WAB buses can accomodate more 'standing' passengers than normal buses. Like that, each bus can fetch more passengers per trip = cost savings = profits up
"WAB-safe" routes mean routes that do not affect their profits.
How come "WAB-safe" routes were not mentioned earlier?
By helping the disabled persons to load and unload the wheelchairs,
those routes would be incurred longer travel time. All "extra time to help
the disabled" does not generated real profit. The bus companies must
be profitable (some said they must, also given formula to make profits).
It is all about not making enough $$$$ by helping the disabled?
The Public Transport Council (PTC) was established in 1987 as an independent body to approve and regulate bus services, public transport fares and ticket payment services. It is entrusted with the challenging mission of balancing commuters' interest with the long-term viability of the public transport operators.
I think the main problem with them is that even though the bus not supposed to take people, they still paste the sticker on it. If the bus can't take people, just remove the sticker la! So obvious, yet they say cannot do it.
being a small country, fuel consumption would be less, wear & tear of parts is also less, that should bring prices of fares lower. not to mention a highly dense population to support the transport operator.
*why bring in another country to compare, how fare is it?
Obviously wheelchair bound people won't alight at a bus stop which they cannot maneuver around... So why set the WAB route rule? Just let them on board. Stupid rule... we're the laughing stock of the world