Officials turning blind eye

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 March, 1999, 12:00am

Often in Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, I see shopkeepers placing boxes, plastic containers, bicycles or even umbrella stands with a concrete base on the pavement and road outside their premises.

Perhaps this is done to stop drivers parking their cars there, and they want to keep it clear for their own vehicles when they need to load and unload goods. The portion of road outside a shop is not part of that shop's premises and yet I never see police officers or Urban Services Department officers taking any action against these infringements.

They cause an obstruction and if these objects are on the pavement, then it leaves less space for pedestrians and they have to manoeuvre round these obstructions.

I am sure the authorities could help pedestrians by ensuring that shopkeepers do not block the pavements and roads in this way.