Octopus and credit card payments will soon be accepted for Aberdeen Tunnel tolls

‘Pay-and-go’ system to come in in phases up to July next year at eight government-run tunnels and motorways

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 September, 2017, 9:39am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 September, 2017, 1:48pm

Hong Kong drivers will be able to use their Octopus or credit cards at a second road tunnel starting later this month.

All manual toll booths at Aberdeen Tunnel will have card readers installed by September 24, according to the Transport Department. The tunnel links Happy Valley and Wong Chuk Hang, both on Hong Kong Island.

The move will cut the time drivers spend finding cash and paying the booth’s operator.

Two sets of panels will be installed at different heights to accommodate all types of vehicle. Each panel will have a pair of card readers.

Drivers can pay using Octopus, Visa payWave, MasterCard Contactless or UnionPay QuickPass cards.

If e-payment does not work, drivers will still be able to pay cash.

Aberdeen Tunnel will be the second tunnel to receive card readers. They were installed at Shing Mun Tunnel in July.

The “pay-and-go” system is being implemented in phases from July 23 to July next year at eight government-run tunnels and motorways.

The Cross-Harbour Tunnel is expected to be the next to get card readers, in late October.

Currently, drivers using government-run tunnels can choose to stop at a manual toll booth to pay cash or use prepaid toll tickets.

Alternatively, they can open a prepaid account with Autotoll. Under this system, drivers pay HK$35 a month to attach a tag to their windscreen. Cars with these tags can drive through an Autotoll booth without stopping, as the toll is automatically deducted from a prepaid account.

As of last year, about 46 per cent of drivers used Autotoll. The rest paid at manual toll booths.

Under the e-payment system, the average time required for a vehicle to pass through a manual toll booth is expected to be halved to five seconds, according to the government.