Singapore Airlines and the strawberry ice cream

Where to park bicycles?

We've been sent an intriguing account of an exchange that occurred on a recent Singapore Airlines flight. Our informant was travelling economy class together with his wife on a packed flight to Singapore.

Friday, 15 February, 2013, 5:14am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 7, 2013

Our parks need to be more laid-back. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Zero-tolerance approach to doping

I refer to Alvin Sallay's article on cyclist Steven Wong's doping case ("Wong makes us all look like dopes", January 27).

7 Feb 2013 - 2:41am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 11, 2012

The airport does not need a third runway. Photo: David Wong

Accidents in mainland factories which result in serious injuries such as loss of limbs are all too common. Often, this happens because workers are made to operate outdated machinery.

11 Dec 2012 - 1:50am

Beijing car buyers may be forced to reserve parking spaces

Heavy traffic in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing residents might soon have to reserve a parking space before they can buy a car, the city’s traffic administration authorities said on Wednesday.

Beijing traffic official Pan Bo told a government website that obtaining a parking licence to purchase a vehicle “was a future trend”. A parking space would also have to be properly installed, he added.

31 Oct 2012 - 5:47pm 1 comment

Lai See

So many policemen yet so much illegal car parking

Readers will know that from time to time we have fulminated about the ease with which some cars - particularly the seven-seaters beloved of tycoons - are parked wherever their drivers may please, with little likelihood of their owners being told to move on, or - God forbid - being ticketed by police or traffic wardens.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm


Penalise bus operators for bad driving

The standard of driving in Hong Kong has long been a keen topic for your correspondents.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Forcing drivers into off-street parking facilities will help to reduce pollution

While drivers welcome government plans to introduce new features at parking meters, such as allowing fees to be paid via mobile phone, pedestrians and residents of districts with chronic traffic congestion are appalled.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Double standards at double yellow lines still apply

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pay-by-phone parking meters may be on the way

The days of having to rush back to 'feed the parking meter' could be over thanks to a revolutionary upgrade that would allow drivers to remotely extend their parking time before it expires.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Officials stalled over hawker stall for 2 years

The ombudsman criticised three government departments that allowed a hawker to trade from an illegal structure on a pavement for two years while they bickered among themselves about what to do.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Only grant land for small houses when there is confirmation of adequate access

The picture of Wendy Hui from Kwun Hang Tsuen in Ma On Shan after she was 'bludgeoned over the head' is a rare insight into the violence over access and parking in villages ('Women assaulted in long-standing village row', May 3).

10 May 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

Shanghai car parks ... a space odyssey

Shanghai held a public consultation last month on a draft plan to relieve its chronic shortage of car parking spaces. But even if it is implemented, the plan is unlikely to be of much help.

The city government is considering ways to better use car parks in residential compounds after people drive their cars to work.

3 Mar 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

Village parking abuses 'rampant'

Lax regulation of village housing in the New Territories is encouraging unauthorised road widening and extensions, encroachment on government land and even criminal intimidation, an environment planning group warns.

Designing Hong Kong says new housing developments are increasing demand for parking space amid the supply shortage.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am