Right- and Left-Hand Traffic

Get this show off the road

Here's a big shout-out to the two thoughtful drivers involved in a little ding on Leighton Road in Causeway Bay the other day.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Mainland cars are no menace, crash data says

Locally registered, right-hand-drive cars were involved in five times as many accidents in Hong Kong as left-hand-drive cars from the mainland over the past five years, the transport minister said yesterday.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hate campaigners on the wrong track

Construction has begun on the bridge to Macau and Zhuhai, which is costing Hong Kong at least HK$48.5 billion. If the bridge is to pay off in terms of integration with the mainland without prohibitive toll charges, it has to be used by as much traffic as possible.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Don't extend welcome to mainland cars

Against some popular local opinions, this paper has defended, on moral and economic grounds, the right of mainlanders to visit Hong Kong. I share this principled stance. But let us stop at letting mainland vehicles onto our already congested and polluted streets. We should welcome mainland visitors, but not in their private cars.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

New entry plan for mainland cars

Fifty mainland-registered vehicles a day will be allowed into Hong Kong for up to seven days when the next phase of the cross-border driving scheme begins, say people familiar with plans being made by the Hong Kong and Guangdong governments.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bridge traffic already running into problems

Integrating Hong Kong and the mainland is about bringing down barriers. The bridge that will link our city with Zhuhai and Macau will be a big part of that, but its success depends on large numbers of vehicles from both sides using it. Construction is well advanced, but it is clear that in the rush to get work under way, little thought was given to the complications of getting traffic onto it.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


Would you enjoy piped music in MTR stations?

We note that the MTR Corporation has started playing soft music in concourses at its stations as part of a service to help relieve passengers' stress.

I applaud the decision to experiment with relaxing music; it shows the corporation treats passengers as customers and is trying to be helpful and courteous.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Speed king hails taxis when in HK

Darryl O'Young plans to put the pedal to the metal as the first Hong Kong Chinese driver to compete in the Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup circuit in Europe. But on Hong Kong roads, he is a much more sensible driver. 'I don't speed on the street really,' O'Young said at yesterday's Porsche Cayenne launch event. 'I believe in safe driving.

16 Mar 2007 - 12:00am


Ferrari tours of Italy sound like a car lover's dream - if you can handle the fasties and the costs. The Greater China representative of Turin-based Red Travel, Leisure Far East (www.leisurefareast.com), offers one- to eight-day Tuscany tours in some of the Italian marque's latest cars, some involving drives of 400km a day.

1 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Culture of aggression blamed for mainland roads carnage

Sunday's bus crash was another example of the growing number of fatal accidents through careless driving on the mainland.

Aggressive and bad behaviour by drivers, coupled with poor vehicle maintenance were behind road accidents that claimed the lives of tens of thousands each year, authorities said.

26 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Driving on left - UK not alone

Simon Macklin's piece on the 'Europe To-day' page (South China Morning Post, October 29) provided a whimsical filler on a slow news day. But, as often happens with pieces originating in the UK, Ireland is overlooked.

11 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Cars hidden under scrap

CUSTOMS officers seized 10 used cars - including four sliced in half to fit into a cross-border lorry - and arrested a Hong Kong man at the Lok Ma Chau border crossing yesterday.

The vehicles, worth $1.1 million, were found in a 15-metre container lorry, Customs officers said.

25 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Customs seize $6m haul of smuggled cars

Customs officers have seized their largest haul of smuggled cars - in a consignment from Japan intended for the mainland market.

The shipment of 31 family cars with a total value of $6 million is also the first time cheaper models have been found en route to China.

6 May 1997 - 12:00am

Ten held on car haul

TEN mainland sailors were being questioned after two left-hand drive luxury cars worth about $1.5 million were seized aboard a vessel near Wang Chau southeast of Hong Kong.

Separately, Customs seized eight left-hand drive vehicles worth $880,000 and detained two mainland crews in another mainland vessel in Western Quarantine Anchorage.

16 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

The way we all drive, we'll be the only politically correct motorists in China

The postbag yesterday made it clear that Hong Kong motorists want to keep on driving on the left, even after the handover in June. After all, 'taking the left path' has a nice, ideologically ring to it, I heard from one of Hong Kong's dozens of Peter Chans.

7 Jan 1997 - 12:00am