Abstract This study investigated the proposition that the crabs of buses imported into Hong Kong were not suited to the anthropometric characteristics of the local Chinese bus drivers. A ‘recommended’ cab design was derived from static anthropometric data; relationships between pedals, steering wheel and seat, and the range of seat adjustments were specified. Overall static anthropometric data were available but additional data had to be estimated by constructing manikins based on the available Hong Kong static data with joint positions derived from data for the US male population. Seven bus cab designs in current use were compared with the ‘ recommended’ design. None of them satisfied all the ‘recommended’ design specifications, the most serious deviations being the excessive height of the seat above the floor and pedals, and insufficient lateral separation between the pedals.