Get this show off the road

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am


Here's a big shout-out to the two thoughtful drivers involved in a little ding on Leighton Road in Causeway Bay the other day.

I was on a bus half a dozen blocks away, rushing to work. I'm rarely late, but thanks to your understanding of road regulations, you both decided after the 'impact' - and I use that word in its loosest sense - to turn off your engines where they stood and call the police, causing delays for me and hundreds of other people travelling behind.

Now, I'm no expert on Hong Kong driving, nor have I ever wanted to own a car in this public-transport-friendly city (our congested roads, high registration fees and ludicrous parking costs say a lot about the sort of people who insist on buying wheels), but when the road finally cleared and my bus drove past your BMW and Mazda, which police had ordered to the kerb, I realised that you were both exceptional drivers. Dare I say that you are so special, it's understandable why you can think of nobody but yourselves.

I have to admit the Transport Department's road guidelines are a little hazy on the subject. If a driver hits a person or animal, they should stop where the accident occurred and call the emergency services. If your car breaks down, pull to the side of the road. Minor accidents aren't mentioned, but I'm assuming this is where common sense should take over. A dent in a bumper or side panel is hardly a serious matter - particularly not on a winding street with one or two lanes.

Dear drivers: next time you engage in dodgem-car practice on our streets and get struck by a little road rage, get out, quickly take a picture with your iPhone, swap personal details with your fellow bumpee, then either pull over to the kerb or get the heck out of there.

You and your insurance claims are of no interest to me and the hundreds of other people trying to get somewhere.