PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to your correspondent Nick Pearson (South China Morning Post, February 25) who raised the issue of Autotoll tags being unavailable for motorcycle users in Hong Kong.

Undoubtedly motorbikes are the slowest and most inconvenient type of vehicle when it comes to negotiating tollbooths in Hong Kong's many tunnels.

Riding a motorbike requires use of both hands and protective gloves, so that when stopping to pay tolls with cash the rider must place the motorcycle in neutral, remove the gloves, search for the correct coins, put the gloves back on and re-engage gear before moving away.

This causes a delay both for the rider and following traffic. Moreover, the road surface near the booth is always saturated with oil which presents a particular hazard for a motorbike.

I would be very interested to know why exactly Autotoll tags are unavailable for motorcyclists.

If the current technology is unsuitable there is a very strong case for investment in finding suitable equipment to provide this much-needed service.

I look forward to hearing what the Transport Department and Autotoll Limited have to say on the matter.


New Territories