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  1. New engine idling law is a start- but only just

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... So, after 14 years of talk and negotiation, Hong Kong finally has a law regulating vehicles parked with engines running. It has been watered down so much by transport interest groups ... than done. The government has tended to favour voluntary measures over laws, preferring not to infuriate tax-paying employers. There is generally nothing wrong with this approach in an open ...

  2. Our laws don't foster respect for environment

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is renowned for its sturdy rule of law and the strength of its judicial system, and rightly so. It is a source of the territory's competitive advantage that our laws apply equally to all people, rich or poor. But not all our laws work as well as they should- and that's especially true when it comes to environmental protection. While there are fines of up ...

  3. Dirty air law to target machinery

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The government is proposing a new law targeting street-level emissions. But not from cars or buses: the measure will regulate 'mobile machinery' ... is misplaced. Under the proposed law, to be tabled next year, new mobile machinery with a certain power output will have to meet United States, European Union and Japanese emission standards ...

  4. It's time to impose laws to help clear the air

    Posted Jan 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is the government's refusal to adopt legally binding policies. Laws stopping vehicles from parking with engines running while drivers wait to deliver and take on goods and passengers would make a big ... have to get to the root of the problem, not nip at the edges. Laws, not voluntary schemes, are the most effective way of making our air clean and clear. The time for solutions- not blame- has ...

  5. Guangdong officials ponder law to cut traffic in cities

    Posted Aug 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Authorities in Guangdong are considering legislation to restrict the number of vehicles on the province's crowded city streets. The police bureau said a rapid increase in vehicles was causing a swathe of problems, such as air pollution, co ...

  6. Nine convictions recorded for breaching anti-pollution laws

    Posted Mar 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a company that failed to comply with an air pollution abatement notice, the spokesman said. Hong Kong has recently introduced tougher laws against littering, spitting and pollution. ...

  7. 35 breaches of anti-pollution laws recorded

    Posted Oct 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... SCMP.com Updated at 5.09pm: The Environmental Protection Department has recorded 35 convictions of people breaching anti-pollution laws last month, a spokesman said on Tuesday. It said 12 cases related to the violation of the Noise Control Ordinance, while 10 were in breach of the Waste Disposal Ordinance. There were also seven convictions under the Air Pollution Control ...

  8. Legislators demand tougher law on smoking

    Posted Jan 11th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy and Kristine Kwok Government urged to remove planned exemptions and shorten grace period Legislators yesterday attacked the planned new anti-smoking law as too lenient and called ... commercial bath houses and jails will be exempt. Panel chairman Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said a smoking ban should be immediately put in place at schools and universities once the law was passed. 'A ...

  9. Aim law against teen smoking

    Posted Oct 31st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... cent of young smokers had not been asked their age when buying cigarettes. The core of the problem is the difficulty in law enforcement. The Tobacco Control Office does not have the power to enforce the law and police have been fully occupied by more urgent criminal cases. If 14- or 15-year-olds dress maturely, cigarette retailers or the public find it difficult to identify whether ...

  10. Buses must be required by law to change fuel

    Posted Sep 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... running on diesel. Now almost all taxis and a large percentage of minibuses run on clean, smokeless liquefied petroleum gas. Why did they change fuel? The government wisely passed laws forcing ... for the head of an ostensibly independent law enforcement body to utter such a prejudicial statement. It reeks of political meddling. I call upon Mr Wong to retract this statement forthwith ...




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