When Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing unveiled the government's plan to improve Hong Kong's air recently, he was joined by representatives from three other bureaus - transport and housing; development; and food and health. The attendance of these other officials was unprecedented and signalled the government's intention to respond to calls for the departments to work together to tackle air pollution.Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 3:20am 4 comments
Last month, while I was walking along Bowen Road, reflecting on just how much concrete has been stuck to the sides of Hong Kong's slopes by government order, a light goods vehicle passed by, causing a noxious smell, as is so often the case with such vehicles using our roads.26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
I wish to clarify matters raised in the report 'Star Ferry fleet faces an uncertain future' and Ming's cartoon (July 28).6 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
Biodiesel - hailed as a 'green' fuel because it is made from waste cooking oil but regarded warily by environment officials because of its emissions - is set to go on sale legally in Hong Kong for the first time next month.22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
We are already in danger of bowing down to the interests of business - when was it ever any different? - by backtracking on the proposals for a Copyright (Amendment) Bill in the medium of print. But if the government's latest proposals to amend Hong Kong's copyright laws become reality, it seems no school-going child will be safe from a criminal record.26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am
Diesel sold on the black market can bring profits of up to 200 per cent, it is understood.
Illegal vendors buy the marked oil from oil companies for about 90 cents a litre and resell it to drivers for about $3 a litre.9 Aug 1999 - 12:00am
SYNDICATES selling illegal diesel are handing out business cards urging customers to call a pager or mobile phone number to fill their tanks at cut-rate prices.
Customs and Excise officers said the flagrant touting of black market fuel - for one-third of the legitimate price - was a new tactic.4 May 1997 - 12:00am
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Truck drivers involved in the illegal cross-border fuel trade are the target of proposed legislation aimed at cutting government duty losses.
The new laws are designed to prevent lorry drivers profiting from the sale of diesel oil bought in China and sold in Hong Kong.1 Apr 1996 - 12:00am
LICENCE fees and petrol tax for taxis and minibuses may be reduced in an attempt to persuade operators to give up diesel-powered engines.
The proposal comes from the Environmental Protection Department, which is eager to gain co-operation from the operators in phasing out all diesel taxis and minibuses.13 Sep 1995 - 12:00am
THE findings of a Customs and Excise investigation into the size of the diesel oil black market will be presented to the Government before the Budget speech, customs deputy director Lawrence Li Shu-fai said yesterday.
The department is conducting a study into the size of the problem which is believed to be costing the Government millions of dollars in lost duty each year.3 Feb 1995 - 12:00am
FIVE men were arrested and thousands of litres of fuel seized in Tsing Lung Tau, Castle Peak. The gangs had been detreating marked diesel oil - intended for industry and much cheaper than fuel for vehicles - and selling it to drivers of container trucks, taxis and minibuses and goods vehicles.25 Aug 1994 - 12:00am
CUSTOMS officers discovered a factory in an industrial building in Kwai Chung allegedly being used to remove the red dye in marked duty-free diesel oil. Two men were arrested.16 Apr 1994 - 12:00am
IN his letter dealing with air pollution from motor vehicles (South China Morning Post, March 3), Mr W.M. Sulke suggests that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is getting things wrong.
In the matter of arithmetic it seems that the error lies with Mr Sulke since the EPD has no intention whatsoever of putting 20,000 extra petrol-engined vehicles on the road.21 Mar 1994 - 12:00am