Legislators reject fee increases

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 February, 1998, 12:00am

Legislators rejected a series of proposals for minor fee increases yesterday.

The proposed increases, worth $720,000 in revenue, included operating and maintenance fees for aerial rope ways, amusement rides and electricity and gas supply certification.

'The increases, even if approved, would have a minor impact on the Treasury, but they would send a message the Government was taking the lead to raise various fees,' Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said.

But provisional legislature sub-committee members approved a new charge of $320 - up from $140 - for the return of a car impounded for illegal parking. The current charge was not deterring wrongdoers, it was said.