PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 April, 1999, 12:00am

Recently the Western Harbour Tunnel Company ended its 'promotion period' for toll charges and made it prohibitively expensive for most commercial vehicle drivers to use its tunnel (for example, a light goods vehicle is now $45).

There has been a marked decrease in these vehicles using this crossing, which implies they must be adding to the congestion at the other two tunnels.

With the Route 3 expressway greatly reducing travelling time along the Western side of Hong Kong and Kowloon, it is unfortunate that the Western Harbour Tunnel Company seems to have this policy of deterring commercial vehicles.

If a ferry company was permitted to operate a vehicular ferry service from West Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, this would encourage the use of Route 3 and take some traffic away from the busier tunnels, as it would be more practical for commercial vehicle drivers travelling to and from the Northwest New Territories. I wonder if this be feasible.