Toll Road

Economist sparks debate on tolls policy as roads jam

A prominent economist has sparked heated public debate by describing the lifting of all road toll fees during this holiday week as the stupidest policy ever.

Tuesday, 2 October, 2012, 4:54am

Driver jailed over death of motorcyclist at toll booth

A mother was jailed for eight months yesterday for dangerous driving causing death after her car ran over a British motorcyclist at the toll booth of Tate's Cairn Tunnel last year.

Chow Siu-fong, 41, a clerk, also had her licence suspended for two years and was fined HK$6,000.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Crackdown on illegal use of highway project funds

The Ministry of Transport has begun a crackdown on misappropriation of funds meant to repay loans that were raised to build highway projects on the mainland.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Toll roads sag under debt of 760b yuan

Twelve provinces are faced with debt totalling 759.3 billion yuan (HK$920.8 billion) they have incurred from building toll roads, and money from fees paid by drivers could be trickling in too slowly in most regions to pay off the amount, according to a mainland media report.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Protests over high road tolls grow louder

Outrageously high expressway tolls are already the source of a rising public outcry on the mainland, and the People's Daily, the Communist Party's main mouthpiece, has joined the fray, publishing seven readers' letters on the topic yesterday.

16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Tai Lam Tunnel firm declines to raise tolls

The operator of Tai Lam Tunnel is not raising its tolls despite being legally allowed to, the government says.

Although the prices it is allowed to charge go up HK$5-HK$15 today, tolls will not change. The maximum it may charge for private cars and taxis rises from HK$50 to HK$55, but the toll will stay HK$30, according to the Transport and Housing Bureau.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Man vs machine in tunnel debate

A new proposed route for the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel is promising to save nine hectares of land from being used for a toll plaza, but asks drivers to put their full faith in electronic payment technology.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Tate's Cairn Tunnel wants HK$1 increase in toll for all vehicles

The Tate's Cairn Tunnel Company has applied for an increase in its tolls, the second increase in a year, after talks with the government on extending its franchise showed no progress.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Tunnel tolls unchanged

The companies running the Tai Lam Tunnel and the Western Harbour Crossing will not raise tolls despite being legally allowed to under the mechanism governing tolls, a Transport and Housing Bureau spokesman said. The statutory toll for a private car to use the Tai Lam Tunnel will increase from HK$45 to HK$50 on August 1, but drivers will continue to pay HK$30.

31 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Bridge toll could be less than HK$100

The toll for private cars crossing the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge could be set below HK$100 for a one-way trip, the secretary for transport and housing has said.

Tolls would be as low as possible, Eva Cheng said, adding that the government was not aiming to use road charges to cover the huge construction cost.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Western Harbour tolls stay the same

Tolls for the Western Harbour Tunnel will remain unchanged as the operator yesterday extended a set of concessions for six months. Drivers of private cars, taxis, minibuses and franchised buses have been paying 10 to 15 per cent more since the Western Harbour Tunnel Co Ltd removed some concessions in January.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

High levy a poor excuse for delaying electronic toll

Any road scheme that can reduce traffic and air pollution is bound to enjoy extensive support. Survey after survey has shown people are prepared to support tough measures - and pay for them - to improve the environment.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Bridge will require massive toll subsidies just to break even

It was very interesting to read Jake van der Kamp's Monitor column ('Bridge to Nevernever Land doesn't add up', March 3), about the economics of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge.

I am also opposed to this bridge, but after reading this column even more so.

10 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Macquarie fund buys Hua Nan road stake

Macquarie International Infrastructure Fund (MIIF) has bought an 81 per cent stake in Guangdong-based Hua Nan Expressway for four billion yuan.

Hua Nan Expressway is a fully operational, 31km, dual-carriage urban toll road with six to eight lanes running through Guangzhou.

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Tunnel deal loophole lets firm raise tolls despite profits

The Tai Lam Tunnel is attracting more revenue from road users, but the operator has nevertheless raised tolls as income still falls below the minimum government projections, according to submissions to the Legislative Council yesterday.

The net income of the tunnel for the year ending in July rose 9 per cent to HK$460 million year on year.

26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am