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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    HK must start enforcing idling engine ban

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Start enforcing idling-engine ban When the idling engine ban was finally passed in March last year, there were queries whether the dozens of exemptions would render the law ... when the ban was on during the rest of the month, enforcement remained slack. We have been told that drivers who leave their engines running will only be warned verbally, initially. ...

  2. Comment

    Idle enforcers won't stop idling engines

    Posted Oct 25th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... protection inspectors rarely enforce the ban. So it's absurd for the government even to bother doing the survey. First, a confession: I drive every day and I have idled my engine on more than ... the idling engine ban, only traffic wardens and environmental protection inspectors. A mistaken reference to the police in the original article has been dropped.  ...

  3. Comment - Letters

    Failed attempt to report idling engine

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Weak law on idling engine ban is proving impossible to enforce I refer to the report ("Watchdog slams city's battle on pollution", November 15) and the article by Jason ... to alleviate our own suffering in the meantime. The Statutory Ban against Idling of Motor Vehicle Engines came into effect in December 2011. It means that idling your engine for more than three minutes ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Idling engine ban has failed to clear the air

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 05:12am by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Complaints down 40pc, but minister admits impact on pollution has been minimal as commercial vehicles, not cars, are main culprits Idling engine ban has failed to clear the air A law banning idling engines has come under fire for having only a minimal impact on improving air quality, nearly two years after it was introduced. Lawmakers said ...

  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Time to idle Hong Kong's idling-engine 'enforcement'

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... fixed-penalty tickets. Then, with astonishing gall, the official writes, "Traffic wardens will enforce the idling engine ban during patrol. In addition, the Environmental Protection Department ... Howard Winn howard.winn@scmp.com When the figures for penalty tickets issued in 2012-2013 for idling engines were announced, champagne corks must have been popping at the Environmental ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Time for enforcers to get tougher with drivers who let engines idle

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 03:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial We all suffer as law is left idling Legislation is enacted to serve a purpose and is meaningless if not properly enforced. The idling engine ban is an example. When the law ... That the idling engine law itself is still idling on the statute book is regrettable. A recent visit by the South China Morning Post to Beach Road in Repulse Bay confirmed just how slack enforcement was. ...

  7. New changes made to idling engine ban

    Posted Jun 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... quietly changed the laws, and now about 200 more vehicles are allowed to keep their motors running. It was hoped that the idling engine ban, which came into effect in December, would make Hong ... the anti-idling law was introduced, inspectors have been timing vehicles running their engines while not moving, in certain places in the city. But in most cases, the drivers switched off their engines ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    'Toothless' law lets drivers avoid fines for idling engines

    Posted Aug 02nd 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Idling engine ban has no teeth due to enforcement rule I have written to these columns before regarding the failed enforcement of the idling engine ban in Hong Kong (" So many drivers flout idling ban ", March 28). This led to a reply from Edmond Ho from the Environmental Protection Department (" Two-pronged approach to idling engines ", April 11), as well ...

  9. Breezy start to idling engine ban

    Posted Dec 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai and Jennifer Ngo Mild weather gave the long-awaited ban on idling engines a smoother start than many had expected yesterday as most drivers, not needing their air ... the Fook Lam Moon Restaurant in Johnston Road, Wan Chai- known as the 'tycoon's canteen'- at least two drivers violated the ban while waiting for their bosses with engines ...

  10. Ban on idling engines delayed

    Posted Jul 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com A Legco panel has accused environmental officials of 'cheating' by postponing for three months the law meant to ban idling engines. Adding ... hot weather. The ban will apply to all roads in Hong Kong. Drivers caught parked with their engines running will be fined HK$320. Thomas Choi Ka-man, a spokesman for Friends of the Earth, said ...




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