Should have been bolder

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 July, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 July, 1995, 12:00am

I REFER to the letter from Mr Samuel Wong, which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on July 15, on the emotive subject of the proposed HK$30 tunnel toll.

So far the public response has been very muted.

Perhaps the reason is that most people are aware that it now costs $10 to cross the harbour by MTR and it seems hardly fair that motorists should travel in supreme comfort for the same price.

Therefore I must take issue with his comments on the tunnel toll. First of all what alternative does he suggest? In order to improve traffic management at peak hours the Government should have been much bolder and proposed a three-tier scale - $50 during peak hours (7.30-10.30am, 4.30-7.30pm); $20 off-peak; $10 on holidays.

Presumably, there are practical problems in implementing such a scheme, but such draconian measures would have obvious benefits to traffic management, by forcing motorists to think twice before travelling during peak hours.

After all, there are four seats in a car and presently, far too many cars are under-utilised.

For Mr Wong to hint that there might be anarchy at the tunnel entrances just before 7am is to duck the issue. Let's wait and see.

Sadly, my own ideas on proper traffic management would no doubt be quite unacceptable in the Legislative Council with elections around the corner.