Point System

Who will police the idling ban, and why is the penalty so small?

The watered-down Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Bill was discussed at the Legislative Council on April 28 ('Cabbies flex muscles as bill on idling engines is introduced', April 29).

Friday, 7 May, 2010, 12:00am

Doctor disciplined over driving offences

A doctor who failed to report driving convictions to the Medical Council promptly has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

The council ordered that Dr Yuen Chung-cheong's name be deleted from the general register for two months but suspended the order for 18 months, conditional on his future good conduct.

He was also given a warning letter.

26 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Talkback

What do you think of the police roadblock action?

Having members of the public in vehicles that are used as a roadblock exposes them to enormous danger.

18 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Drink-drivers face stiffer penalties under study set to go before Legco

First-time offenders for drink-driving should be banned from getting back behind the wheel for at least two years if their blood-alcohol level was three times over the legal limit when they were caught, according to a consultation paper to be discussed by the Transport Advisory Committee today.

30 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Ombudsman to review driving licence rules

The ombudsman will review the process for revoking driving licences, expressing concern that amendments proposed by the government do not get dangerous drivers off the road quickly enough.

The Office of the Ombudsman announced its decision yesterday to examine the driving-offence points system and changes proposed by the Transport Department in January.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Cab Chat

Wan Chi-hung believes penalties for drink-driving should be tough, but he doesn't believe in a zero-tolerance regime

2 Feb 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

Offenders still on the roads despite bans

The government has been urged to amend the law to plug loopholes in the points system for driving offences.

The law states that if drivers have incurred 15 or more points for road traffic offences committed over two years, courts can order them to lose their licences. First-time offenders lose their licences for three months, while repeat offenders forfeit them for six.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

New drink-driving penalty too lenient, say lawmakers

Two major political parties and a trade union federation yesterday questioned whether a proposal to suspend first-time drink-driving offenders' licences for three months is too lenient.

The issue arose during a Legislative Council transport panel meeting that discussed measures to improve road safety.

19 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

Tourism council to decide how to hit retail cheats

Stiffer penalties and tougher measures to expose shops that cheat tourists will top the agenda at a board meeting of the Travel Industry Council today.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Tourist sector offenders to be named, shamed

Discredit for tour guides, agents and retailers on Net

Travel agents, tour guides and retailers receiving complaints from tourists in the city are likely to be named and shamed on the China National Tourism Association website starting this month, Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said.

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

10 years' jail, breath tests part of road safety plan

The maximum penalty for dangerous driving resulting in death would increase from five years to 10 and police would be able to carry out random breath tests under a government proposal to the Legislative Council to tackle drink-driving.

The proposal comes after a spate of cases in which drink-drivers have caused serious casualties.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Random tests plan to fight drink-driving

Drivers will face random breath tests and have their licences suspended on the first conviction for drink-driving, under tough measures being considered by the government.

Transport secretary Sarah Liao Sau-tung told legislators last night the government could also consider requiring drink-driving offenders to take special courses to improve their driving habits.

15 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

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