Registration rules confusing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 August, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 August, 1995, 12:00am

PERHAPS a letter in these columns will elicit coherent replies to three queries that I have been unable to have answered to my satisfaction: I was advised that it was not possible to register a left-hand drive vehicle in Hong Kong, unless the owner had accredited diplomatic/consular status. One of the reasons given was that the hectic traffic problems in Hong Kong were not conducive to a mix of left and right-hand drive vehicles. Has this decision been varied as at least two left-hand drive Mercedes cars (both bearing local and Chinese registrations) are regularly seen in Central? I was further advised that on importing a vehicle to Hong Kong, either on a permanent or temporary basis, I had to have it registered here and to display a local registration plate, or a temporary registration sticker. There are a couple of sports cars with only UK plates (and no temporary sticker) that have been plying the streets for over six months. Has the previous decision been varied? If not, these cars may not be covered by insurance.

Three years ago the police correctly conducted a purge against vehicles that had been altered/upgraded in a manner that could cause excessive injury in an accident. Late model Jaguars that had been 'enhanced' with an after-sale leaping Jaguar mascot were targeted. Will a campaign soon be conducted against vehicles, including four-wheel drives and light vans, that have had steel after-sale additions of 'bull bars' and extra wide wheels/tyres that extend beyond the bodywork? If these modifications are not 'type-approved' or advised to the insurance company the insurance cover could be void.

A.G.A. DAUN Pokfulam