Credit to the system
THERE have been several letters regarding the tunnel company's introduction of Autopass lanes, but I haven't seen any recommending the sure way to success for what is a commercial venture after all. During the times I have driven through the tunnel I havenever seen any vehicle except a bus use the reserved lane. Maybe this is because I don't use it at rush hours. If my observation means anything, it says that users are mostly businessmen (and buses) travelling to and from the office.
Regardless of any claim that the tunnel company may make about utilisation figures, if the segregated lanes are empty for most of the day (and night) then resources are being allocated to the detriment of the rest of users queuing for access. This is unacceptable for a public service and a situation which I should like to see corrected.
If Autopass is the answer to the practical problem, then let the system be available on credit terms which would increase the attractiveness to the point where people would actually use it. It has always baffled me why anyone would want to purchase tickets in advance when a bunch of $10 ''tickets'' has always been a sure path to success.
I'm sure that the Cross-Harbour Tunnel Company will say that credit gives them too many headaches, but the real reason is that they are unwilling to properly evaluate this very reasonable approach. There is certainly no cash flow justification for advancepayment, and abused credit can be easily controlled by programming when credit limits are exceeded. ALAN ARMITAGE Quarry Bay