Estate reveals government letter promising truck ban
Fairview Park management yesterday revealed copies of a letter received from the government nine years ago stating that most vehicles over seven metres long would be barred from using the road where a 12-year-old boy was killed by a container truck in January.
The letter, sent by the former Territory Development Department to the developer of the up-market Yuen Long estate on March 14, 1998, said traffic signs stating the ban would be erected at the junction of Fairview Park Boulevard with Castle Peak Road.
Fairview Park residents, who have mounted a series of protests since the boy's death, have claimed the government broke a promise to keep big trucks out of the boulevard after Kam Pok Road, an alternative route, was opened.
'This office agrees and will erect appropriate traffic signs at the junctions of Fairview Park Boulevard with Castle Peak Road roundabout and the 7.3m-wide new road respectively upon opening the new road to the effect that any entry to the Fairview Park Boulevard by any vehicle, except coaches, longer than 7m are prohibited,' the letter, faxed to media outlets yesterday, said.
Kam Pok Road was finished in 2005 but stayed unopened - amid legal action between the government and homeowners - until immediately after the fatal accident.
The letter, signed by New Territories North project manager M. Y. Ma, said: 'I believe that the above should satisfy you and put your mind at rest.'
In a notice attached to the letter, the management company said the developer urged the operators of container yards who are claiming right of way over the boulevard to produce documentary evidence before a meeting tomorrow to be attended by Commissioner of Transport Alan Wong Chi-kong and residents' representatives.
'I want the media and the public to know what the government promised to do,' management company general manager Albert Lam Kwok-fai said.
No response could be obtained from the government last night.
Meanwhile, truck drivers said their vehicles should not be the only ones banned from Fairview Park Boulevard, after a school bus yesterday knocked down a 15-year-old boy cycling to school.
The boy suffered head and neck injuries when he was hit as the school bus was turning from the boulevard into a private lane. He was in stable condition in hospital last night.