Traffic Law

Transport unions warn against blanket policy on diesel standards

Tang Ka-piu, member of Legislative Council. Photo: SCMP

Transport unions have urged environment officials not to introduce a blanket policy on phasing out old, polluting diesel vehicles and to focus on corporate fleets first.

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013, 5:17am

Mainland police in U-turn on new yellow traffic light rule

Running a yellow light will now incur warnings and 'education' - but no penalty. Photo: AP

Mainland police have backed down from a controversial traffic regulation in which drivers could be fined and penalised for running yellow lights as if they had been red.

The Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday that drivers who ignore yellow traffic lights would receive only warnings and "education". No penalty would be given.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Yellow rule at road junctions making mainland drivers see red

A new traffic regulation makes yellow lights at a traffic junction functionally the same as red lights, so drivers get penalised if they cross the stop line after the yellow comes on. Photo: AP

A new traffic regulation came into effect on New Year's Day as part of efforts to improve shameful conditions on the road.

But the grumbling is just getting started. Members of the public complain that the new rule will almost certainly worsen already chronic traffic jams.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am

Briefs, January 4, 2013

The workplace safety watchdog yesterday called on regional governments to step up their investigations into a series of fatal accidents and mete out harsh punishment for any attempted cover-ups. 

4 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Briefs, December 16, 2012

Cathay Pacific Airways has accepted an invitation to meet Labour Department officials and representatives of its flight attendants' union, which has threatened industrial action in support of its quest for a bigger pay rise than the two per cent the airline has offered.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am

China Digest, December 6, 2012

Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, more than 1.7 million volunteers have been registered to help maintain social stability in the capital, Xinhua reports.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am

Cut-out figures of police to cut traffic accidents in northern New Territories

Police officer Leung Wai (left) and Sergeant Sit Ching-fung pose in Tuen Mun with their cut-out figures, which will be used as a warning to drivers to be careful. Photo: Sam Tsang

They don't eat, don't need breaks and work extra shifts without complaining.

Meet the new traffic police who will be on the roads in the northern New Territories today.

30 Aug 2012 - 3:36am

Officials urged to launch campaigns to promote road safety in Hong Kong

As a traffic engineering professional who has worked in the private sector and for government agencies, I pay particular attention to matters relating to road safety.

Not long after arriving in Hong Kong from overseas two years ago, I noticed the near reckless attitude most motorists have towards pedestrians.

17 Aug 2012 - 1:35am

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.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Delays at border hit car scheme

A government scheme that allows Hong Kong people to drive their cars into Guangdong has been dogged by complicated procedures and long waiting times.

Motorists are increasingly opting to spend up to three times as much to organise trips to the mainland through other avenues rather than apply through the scheme.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Life in the fast lane leads pet groomer to prison

A pet groomer led police on a wild car chase around Yuen Long at speeds of up to 140km/h just four months after another dangerous driving incident, a court heard yesterday.

Michael Ip Cheong-hing, 25, pleaded guilty in the District Court to five charges - dangerous driving, two counts of assaulting a police officer, one of resisting arrest and one of drug possession.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Crash bus driven at 37km/h over limit

The driver of a minibus that flipped onto its side after it struck a road divider while travelling at 37km/h over the speed limit has admitted causing grievous bodily harm to the 11 passengers injured in the crash.

Pun Hang-yuen, 37, yesterday pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving, and using a defective vehicle.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Enforce city's traffic regulations and crack down on dangerous drivers

I concur with Y. C. Lee's letter ('Motorists ignore zebra crossing', April 6) and have to take issue with the Transport Department.

Drivers are supposed to slow down as they approach these crossings.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Privacy promised in new traffic monitoring

The government will protect the public's privacy when it tests four new devices for tracking real-time traffic on the streets, lawmakers were told yesterday.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No evidence to say mainland motorists will drive us crazy

There's been much ado about mainland drivers entering Hong Kong, a lot of it based on assuming they are worse than Hong Kong drivers or at least unable to adjust to rules of the road here.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am