The Government has to be accountable to the Legislative Council but some issues are becoming politicised, Haider Barma, Secretary for Transport, who begins his pre-retirement leave tomorrow, says.Wednesday, 12 June, 1996, 12:00am
Bus companies had lost 240 overnight parking spaces over the past 10 years as a result of changes in the use of bus depots. Secretary for Transport Haider Barma said about 40 per cent of the 4,700 buses owned by the three companies were parked on the roads overnight. Development of new towns meant more depots might be built, but on-road parking would still be inevitable.2 May 1996 - 12:00am
THE Tuen Mun traffic blunder has led planners to adopt a new policy of anticipating population growth, Secretary for Transport Haider Barma said yesterday.
The transport chief admitted the Government years ago had not envisaged traffic problems in Tuen Mun.17 Oct 1995 - 12:00am
I THANK the Secretary for Transport, Haider Barma, for proving my point so effectively in his letter 'Toll rise will provide immediate relief' (South China Morning Post, July 21).
In my letter I showed professional transport planning needed leadership from people with a substantial knowledge and experience of the subject.1 Aug 1995 - 12:00am
SECRETARY for Transport Haider Barma was not the only loser when the Executive Council this week vetoed his plan to triple cross-harbour tunnel fees for private cars and taxis to $30 between 7 am and 9 pm.
Taxi drivers and private motorists who have vociferously opposed the increase are the losers as well.30 Jul 1995 - 12:00am
THE death of Secretary for Transport Haider Barma's hopes of averting gridlock, by pricing cars off the road, should serve as a lesson to the Government in the futility of trying to push through politically unpopular policies in an election year.27 Jul 1995 - 12:00am
SECRETARY for Transport Haider Barma yesterday said the public was to blame for the rejection of an increase in tunnel tolls to $30, which he described as the most powerful short-term weapon to cut congestion.
He denied the Government had backtracked on the proposal, thrown out by the Executive Council on Tuesday.27 Jul 1995 - 12:00am
THE level of fixed penalty fines for traffic offences will be reviewed this year to see if they are enough of a deterrent, Secretary for Transport Haider Barma said. Mr Barma said that the Government was considering extending no-stopping restrictions, including banning goods vehicles from loading and unloading during the day in busy areas, to maximise road capacity.13 Jul 1995 - 12:00am
THE Government has bowed to the inevitable with its decision to scrap plans for a quota on new cars, and to put on hold, possibly indefinitely, massive proposed increases in yearly licence fees and first registration tax. Although a temporary slowdown in vehicle growth was cited as the excuse, the real reason is undoubtedly the overwhelming opposition from legislators.24 Jun 1995 - 12:00am
THE Government's plans to 'tackle' traffic congestion show a lack of understanding of the needs of many of her citizens.
Mr Haider Barma, the Secretary for Transport, seems to think that private cars are luxury goods, rather than an item of daily necessity. He is very much mistaken. Let me demonstrate with the stories of three friends.31 Mar 1995 - 12:00am