Firms will ignore self-regulation plea

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 November, 2002, 12:00am

Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Mike Stokoe is opposed to an idling engines law (South China Morning Post, October 30).

He proposes, instead, that companies should self-regulate their idling commercial vehicles.

What Hong Kong company would ever bother to self-regulate?

If this government is prepared to employ officers to lie in wait for litterbugs or jaywalkers, it can certainly spare the resources to slap a few fines on unnecessarily idling vehicles.

It is not commercial vehicles, however, which are the most offensive, but the private vehicles of those fellow citizens who enjoy air-conditioned comfort on the side of the road while the rest of us are forced to breathe their exhaust fumes.

They obviously have money to burn, so instead of wasting it all, why not help boost state revenue by taxing all this surplus fuel?

Unfortunately, a tax on private vehicle petrol would be too logical, too fair and too people-friendly for this government and its do-nothing environmental strategy.