Idling engine ban

Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2013

Protest in Taipei against a new nuclear plant. Photo: AP

I am saddened that not one of the pan-democratic political parties of Hong Kong, nor any one of our pro-democracy leaders and personalities, have, apparently, commented on the recent Court of Final Appeal ruling regarding right of abode for foreign domestic helpers.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 3:27am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2013

A woman casts her ballot in suburban Jakarta. Photo: AP

The collision last Friday night between a Cheung Chau ferry and a barge off Hei Ling Chau was not unexpected, since this area is criss-crossed by many fast ferries to Macau and the islands, and slow-moving barge traffic. Fortunately, no one was killed, but this could have easily been as bad as last year's Lamma collision.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 28, 2013

An official sticker promoting the idling ban. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Ordinance was implemented on December 15, 2011. It makes it illegal to idle your engine for more than three minutes from that date, subject to a fixed fine of HK$320.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 3 comments

Failed attempt to report idling engine

I refer to the report ("Watchdog slams city's battle on pollution", November 15) and the article by Jason Wordie ("Bad air days", November 18) about air pollution in Hong Kong.

We are all aware that existing measures to curb emissions are not doing the trick.

The Audit Commission is right to highlight necessary measures to combat worsening pollution levels.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, November 4, 2012

Laying a wreath at the Cenotaph. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Subdivided flats should not be banned

It is estimated that there are now 64,900 people living in subdivided flats, cubicles, bed spaces or cocklofts.

I believe that it would be better for residents if the government did not try to shut down subdivided flats.

4 Nov 2012 - 3:36am

Idle enforcers won't stop idling engines

Only three drivers have been charged for idling more than the three-minute limit since the law came into effect last December. Photo: Felix Wong

We are shocked and outraged! There are, according to environment officials, 92 black spots for idling engines across the city. What that really means is that drivers simply idle everywhere, paying no attention to the idling ban and its HK$320 fine. Well, we all know that, because traffic wardens and environmental protection inspectors rarely enforce the ban.

25 Oct 2012 - 2:50pm 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, October 1, 2012

KMB aims for high safety standards. Photo: David Wong

KMB places emphasis on safe driving

We would like to thank Paul Surtees for expressing his safety concerns ("Bus passengers deserve safer and comfortable trips", September 13). Safety is KMB's top priority so we naturally agree with your correspondent's views and have in place a number of measures to enforce and enhance safety standards.

1 Oct 2012 - 3:40am 2 comments

HK must start enforcing idling engine ban

When the idling engine ban was finally passed in March last year, there were queries whether the dozens of exemptions would render the law too weak to combat roadside air pollution. Eighteen months later, we do not see any major improvements in air quality. A walk in the street still finds drivers defying the law. The air we breathe remains as foul as before.

21 Sep 2012 - 2:28am