Basic driving rules ignored

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 August, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Many indications of bad driving' (South China Morning Post, August 4), regarding driving in Hong Kong.

I am glad to see others share my view that most drivers in Hong Kong do not use their signal/indicators, when they are turning left or right.

Having brought this point up with the Transport Department some months ago, it passed the buck, saying that it was a matter for the police. I also raised with the department three other favourite Hong Kong driving habits - not knowing who has right of way, especially at roundabouts; driving as near to, or even over, the white line in the middle of the road, especially on blind corners; and forgetting that most of them have vehicles that do have power steering, so that turning to the left does not require a wide arc to the right first.

I believe the police should spend more of their valuable time coaxing people into better driving skills (rather than laying the speed traps on the only roads in which one can comfortably and safely go beyond the 70kph limit).

Not indicating, not knowing who has right of way, not keeping to one's own side of the road, and not being able to properly turn, are the fundamentals to driving which seem to have eluded many in their driving tests in Hong Kong.

These standards are deteriorating and it seems a pity that we can't follow rules that would help improve our overcrowded roads, as well as safety for drivers and pedestrians alike.