So near, yet so feared: life in the fast lane

Driven to distraction:A taxi driver catches up on the day's news at 60km/h.

The purpose of this column is - apart from allowing me to re-live some of my most memor-able mainland moments - to illustrate how completely un-scary it is across the border for non-mainlanders.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 6:02pm

City Digest

Man dies after car plunges down slope

A 30-year-old car driver died when he lost control of his car and it crashed into a rail and fell down a slope. The man was driving along Pok Fu Lam Road towards Western when the accident happened. Fireman cut the seriously injured man out of his car and he was sent to Queen Mary Hospital where he was declared dead.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Unfit bus drivers a 'time bomb' on roads

Unfit bus drivers whose health is not properly monitored are a 'time bomb' on the streets, a road safety watchdog warned after a fatal crash in which a driver fainted at the wheel.

The Road Safety Council made the warning yesterday after a woman was killed and five others injured when a double-decker ran out of control and rammed into a bus stop in Tuen Mun.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Universities are places, not brands

It is disheartening to see a renewed push to attract, if that is the right word, so-called top universities to set up shop here ('Hong Kong risks losing the global education race', May 29).

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Towering above the rest

An intelligent parking tower has begun trial operations in Xiamen, the first of its kind in Fujian province.

With a height of 50 metres, the car park has 25 levels and capacity for 50 cars.

The parking and collection of cars is automatic.

After the driver checks in, the car will be taken to a vacant parking space within the tower.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

First arrest under new drug-drive regulations

Police have made their first arrest of a driver suspected to be under the influence of an illegal drug since a drug-driving law came into effect last week.

The driver, 33, was also the first person in the city to be subject to a new five-part impairment test to see whether he was influenced by drugs.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A U-turn on the road to the American dream

For the first time in over two decades, I am no longer a driver. Faced with spiking petrol prices and a prospective bill for much-needed repairs, I finally donated my Toyota Corolla to an organisation that takes care of orphans.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New tests to catch drivers on drugs

Police have added a battery of tests to their armoury in a renewed crackdown on the city's drug-drivers.

From Thursday, officers will be able to compel drivers suspected of being under the influence of narcotics to give urine and blood samples if they fail a new five-part impairment test.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Driver scuffles with police after high-speed chase

A Toyota saloon reached speeds of 150km/h as the driver tried to evade police during a nine-kilometre car chase that ended in a cul-de-sac in Ma On Shan yesterday.

The 36-year-old driver refused to open the car doors and a policeman had to use his baton to smash a window. The driver injured two constables in the ensuing struggle before being arrested, police said.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Driver in nullah after police chase

A driver led police on a wild chase in Tin Shui Wai yesterday, hitting a taxi and a police car before his car plunged into a nullah.

Police have arrested a man, 29, on suspicion of drink-driving and dangerous driving.

The mayhem started when officers in a patrol car saw a vehicle zig-zagging along the Yuen Long Highway at about 5.30am.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you?

Nanor Wong Si-yee, 17, St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary School

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

One killed, 11 injured in border crash

A man was killed and 11 other travellers, including an infant, injured when a taxi rammed into a group of tourists just after they survived a bus crash on the Western Corridor cross-border route yesterday.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Breezy start to idling engine ban

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 conditioning, switched off the ignition voluntarily.

But a handful were found to have broken the rule that they have to turn off their engines after three minutes at a standstill, saying they forgot or found it impractical to follow.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Badly injured child left for dead in traffic

A two-year-old girl in Guangdong is in a critical condition after she was run over by two vehicles, leaving her lying in her own blood as she was ignored by more than a dozen people, until a woman scavenging through rubbish raised the alarm.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Canto-pop idol abused by taxi driver finds a sympathetic audience

Everyone has experienced those awkward moments in a cab that make you want to just step out and slam the door behind you. Canto-pop idol Hins Cheung King-hin is no exception, but he was so upset he let it all out on his weibo account. Here's what happened. On Wednesday he hailed a cab to Wan Chai and as soon as he hopped in, the driver recognised him.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am