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City Digest, February 25, 2013

Two teenage girls from Hong Kong allegedly detained in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by men demanding compensation for a valuable vase they had broken are safe and expected to go home soon, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said.

Monday, 25 February, 2013, 5:27am

Car commuters gain more weight, says study

David Wong/SCMP

People driving to work every day are packing on more pounds than their colleagues on trains, buses and bikes, according to a new study from Australia.

26 Jan 2013 - 9:17am

Mainland police in U-turn on new yellow traffic light rule

Running a yellow light will now incur warnings and 'education' - but no penalty. Photo: AP

Mainland police have backed down from a controversial traffic regulation in which drivers could be fined and penalised for running yellow lights as if they had been red.

The Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday that drivers who ignore yellow traffic lights would receive only warnings and "education". No penalty would be given.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Yellow rule at road junctions making mainland drivers see red

A new traffic regulation makes yellow lights at a traffic junction functionally the same as red lights, so drivers get penalised if they cross the stop line after the yellow comes on. Photo: AP

A new traffic regulation came into effect on New Year's Day as part of efforts to improve shameful conditions on the road.

But the grumbling is just getting started. Members of the public complain that the new rule will almost certainly worsen already chronic traffic jams.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am

Critics at the wheel

More mainland vehicles will soon be roaming the streets of Hong Kong as city and Guangdong officials work out the details of a quota programme for cross-border cars.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Learners ignore signs banning them

Traffic laws ban learner drivers from practising on roads used for driving tests, but the lack of enforcement means instructors and their students use those roads with impunity.

Some instructors openly admit they advertise their use of banned roads to give students an advantage.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am


Getting on with parents takes work

A recent study shows that parents' relationships with their children are deteriorating in Hong Kong. Conflicts are frequent and it seems the words 'respect' and 'tolerance'' have lost their meaning.

20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Deals on wheels

Since it's almost Christmas, I imagine many of you women out there have scoured the world for the perfect luxury car for your man and are now stumped, trying to work out how best to get it to Hong Kong. I know I am.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

More work required on the Delta bridge

Hong Kong built its reputation as a get-things-done hub for business; a place where smart entrepreneurs make quick decisions and bet millions of dollars on hunches. There are real advantages to that way of working; but not when it comes to multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects funded by taxpayers' money.

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Learners get in gear for city traffic

Learning to drive in Hong Kong requires overcoming a set of challenges that are different from those in other cities - the biggest tests are notorious rush-hour traffic and getting used to driving around the narrow streets.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

Country Driving

Country Driving by Peter Hessler Canongate, HK$255

23 May 2010 - 12:00am

Get tough with motorists who choose to drink and drive

Whenever there is a tragic accident where someone is killed because a motorist was over the legal limit, there is a heated discussion about the problem of drink-driving.

12 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

78 held in drink-drive crackdown

Seventy-eight drink-drivers in Guangdong were detained on Saturday night as part of a nationwide crackdown on driving under the influence of alcohol ordered by the Ministry of Public Security on Friday.

17 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Drink-drive figures on rise as car sales grow

The car-buying population grew faster on the mainland than in any other country in the first half of this year - but so did the army of drink-drivers.

Traffic authorities told People's Daily yesterday that the number of drink-driving cases increased nearly 9 per cent compared with the first half of last year.

13 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Should the penalty for drink-driving be increased?

I was pleased to read what Hermia Lee wrote on whether the penalty for drink-driving should be increased (Talkback, March 5). We see all too frequently drink-driving accidents, with sometimes fatal results. The horrific crash involving a drunk driver at Lok Ma Chau in January is an example.

21 Mar 2009 - 12:00am