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Good news for Hong Kong drivers: fees unchanged for Western Harbour Crossing and Tai Lam Tunnel

Car drivers will continue to pay HK$40 to use the Tai Lam Tunnel and HK$60 for the Western Harbour Crossing, according to the Transport and Housing Bureau, despite them being legally allowed to increase fees

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 July, 2016, 8:02am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 July, 2016, 8:02am

The operators of the Western Harbour Crossing and Tai Lam Tunnel will not raise tolls despite being legally allowed to do so.

The statutory toll for a private car to use Tai Lam Tunnel will increase from HK$80 to HK$85 on August 1, but drivers will continue to pay the concessionary toll of HK$40, the Transport and Housing Bureau said in a document given to the Legislative Council.

The statutory toll for a private car to use the Western Harbour Crossing will increase from HK$195 to HK$210 on July 31, but users will still only need to pay the concessionary toll of HK$60.

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Tolls for all other vehicles for both tunnels also remained unchanged.

The toll adjustment mechanisms are specified in the Western Harbour Crossing Ordinance and the Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road Ordinance.

The franchisees of the tunnels can implement statutory toll increases under the law if the companies’ actual net revenues fall short of the minimum estimated net revenues specified in the law.

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The Commissioner for Transport will publish notices in the Gazette on Friday to show the new statutory tolls of the tunnels.