Minibus, C. 1969
Formerly, it is the 9-seater "New Territories taxi" which served between the New Territories and Kowloon. The taxi had black and white grids on its body.
When the transportation staff struck in 1967, numerous New Territories taxis and 9-seater vans began to get business in the urban area. The Government was turning a blind eye to the situation.
In 1969, the Government tried to legalise these taxis by issuing 14-seater (later 16-seater) public light bus licences at a price.
From 1972, the authorities started to issue the green light bus licences (fixed price and route) for the red light buses to change the form of operation. ■鄭寶鴻 香港歷史博物館榮譽顧問