Driver's License

Britain plugs loophole in Hong Kong drivers' licence agreement

Under an agreement between Hong Kong and Britain, a driver who holds a licence in one place can normally obtain a licence from the other without further examination.

More than 200 Hong Kong drivers have been barred from obtaining a British licence without taking a test, after Britain tightened requirements for a reciprocal arrangement that allows for direct exchange of licences.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 7:30am 4 comments

The great driving licence handout

Drivers getting their licences at the Transport Department. More driving licences are issued under a scheme which allows non-local drivers to obtain a Hong Kong licence without a test than through the city's driving examinations. Photo: David Wong

More driving licences are issued under a scheme which allows non-local drivers to obtain a Hong Kong licence without a test than through the city's driving examinations, Transport Department figures show.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Delays at border hit car scheme

A government scheme that allows Hong Kong people to drive their cars into Guangdong has been dogged by complicated procedures and long waiting times.

Motorists are increasingly opting to spend up to three times as much to organise trips to the mainland through other avenues rather than apply through the scheme.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

New route for mainland cars

When mainland and Hong Kong interests and systems intersect, it often entails risk and reward. But, in the case of the proposed self-drive tour scheme, many in Hong Kong see only huge risks and little reward. In fact, fear has gripped the city since the government announced its intent to launch the scheme in stages, starting in April. People have taken to the streets to voice their opposition.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Toddler at wheel: couple sent on course

A couple convicted of allowing their 18-month-old son to steer a car must take a driver training course on top of the community service to which they were sentenced last week.

Magistrate Rickie Chan Kam-cheong added the requirement yesterday in Kwun Tong Court.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Drink-driving creates nightmarish scenario

The condition of roads on the mainland and lack of enforcement of rules makes taking to them hazardous at the best of times. With record numbers of vehicles being sold to new drivers, the problem is getting worse. Throw into the mix the spectre of drink-driving and a nightmarish scenario is created.

17 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Panel backs bid to rein in bad drivers

Transport advisers have backed a government proposal to help plug a loophole that allows bad drivers to stay on the road.

The plan, which would nab drivers who intentionally dodge summonses issued under the licence demerit points system, was approved by members of the Transport Advisory Committee.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

A danger to drivers that must be addressed

Hong Kong may have world-class roads but they are not necessarily safe to use. Thanks to a loophole in the decades-old penalty system for driving offences, around 740 dangerous or irresponsible drivers who should have had their licences suspended are still legally behind the wheel. Officials yesterday finally acknowledged the problem.

4 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Caprice offers food and four-door day for dad

Father's Day is this Sunday and if you really want to splurge and impress pops, have your credit card limit increased for the Four Season Hotel's big lunch promotion. Befitting its posh reputation, the hotel's French restaurant Caprice has teamed up with a sports car dealer so dad can indulge in a bit of mid-life vamp.

11 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Newly qualified driver and his passenger killed in car accident

A driver who got his licence just two months ago and one of his passengers were killed yesterday when their car was ripped in two after hitting a lamppost.

Chan Wing-chung, 20, was driving along Tsing Tsuen Road towards Shek Kong at about 3.50am when he lost control of the car, glanced off a central divider at Texaco Road and hit a lamppost.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Stand-ins used to avoid demerits

A driver who commits an average of three traffic offences every year has never been disqualified in 20 years.

In fact, his driving record remains fairly good compared to his daughter who almost always has a minimum of 10 demerit points on her licence.

The girl doesn't drive.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Should needy families get computers?

I do not agree with the proposal to subsidise needy families with free computers. It would cost the government too much to do this, especially with administration expenses.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Kevin Sinclair's Hong Kong

A veteran SCMP reporter, Kevin examines the good, bad and ugly sides of life in the city. E-mail him at

When visiting American warships hove into sight of the Fragrant Harbour, rogue taxi drivers rub their hands with greedy anticipation.

28 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Nervous neighbours

In the hamlet of Stanstead, Quebec, a painted line runs across the floor of the local library. Sit on one side and you're in Canada. On the other side, you're in the United States. That line runs 8,891km across the continent and between Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Americans and Canadians like to call it the longest undefended border in the world.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Law might force bus drivers over 60 to retire

About 200 cross-border bus drivers could be forced out of their jobs this year as a new national law comes into force preventing those who are 60 or over from renewing their commercial driving licence.

2 Mar 2005 - 12:00am