The great driving licence handout

Drivers getting their licences at the Transport Department. More driving licences are issued under a scheme which allows non-local drivers to obtain a Hong Kong licence without a test than through the city's driving examinations. Photo: David Wong

More driving licences are issued under a scheme which allows non-local drivers to obtain a Hong Kong licence without a test than through the city's driving examinations, Transport Department figures show.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:39am

Device can cut minibus speed

Time to enforce law and make minibus drivers slow down

The government is responsible for approving, monitoring and ensuring that the laws concerning public transport are not only obeyed but, even more importantly, rigorously enforced.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am

Car firm flies Red Flag against Audi and BMW

Chinese luxury brand Red Flag shows its latest limousine, an update of one used for official events by the late Chairman Mao Zedong. Photo: EPA

Chairman Mao Zedong's Red Flag cars go on sale to the public today after a US$300 million overhaul, pitting the symbol of Communist privilege against Audi and BMW for the mainland's elite.

30 May 2013 - 4:33am

Talking points

Ride the ferry or tram for free

Tram and harbour ferry rides are free for the day thanks to sponsorship from the General Chamber of Commerce in support of the government campaign "Hong Kong: Our Home".

29 May 2013 - 6:35am

Carmakers exaggerating fuel efficiency, study shows

A new study suggests that the actual fuel consumption experienced by the average driver is typically 25 per cent higher than what is printed on the car’s sales sticker. Photo: Reuters

The gap has widened between the fuel-efficiency that carmakers declare for their models and the reality for drivers, with luxury German vehicles showing the biggest divergence, a study has found.

29 May 2013 - 12:38am

Jakarta faces lengthy wait for metro fix to gridlock

Traffic jams cause annual losses of US$1.8 billion in Jakarta, official figures show. Photo: AFP

Ajeng Dewanti wakes up every weekday before sunrise, squeezes into an overcrowded car, and spends the next two hours making the 17-kilometre journey through the Jakarta gridlock to her work.

6 May 2013 - 4:47am

Grabbing a cab can put you on a road to ruin

'Discount taxis' may operate on the wrong side of the law, but they offer their customers a significant saving over cabbies that charge on the meter. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong may have one of the cheapest transport systems of any major, developed-world metropolis, but the temptation of another quick cab ride always beckons - and, added up, it can eat away at your bank account.

15 Apr 2013 - 3:11am 1 comment

Mainland China moved by trains, not planes

A high speed train at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai. Photo: Bloomberg

The report about how China's domestic air carriers are feeling the pinch from competition with high-speed rail was inevitable ("Mainland airlines fly into headwinds from high speed trains", February 20).

I have been warning for years that railways are the sensible way to go and that ever-expanding aviation is doomed because of its environmental destructiveness.

2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

KMB to bump up fares by 4.9pc, citing financial squeeze

KMB, the city's largest bus operator, recorded a loss of HK$15.2 million in the first half of last year and would probably run a deficit for 2012. Photo: Sam Tsang

About three out of four Kowloon Motor Bus passengers will face fare increases of up to 40 HK cents per trip next month, after the bus operator received government approval for an average 4.9 per cent rise yesterday. The increase is higher than the previous two fare rises - 3.6 per cent in May 2011 and 4.5 per cent in June 2008 - but much lower than the 8.5 per cent that KMB asked for in November. 

20 Feb 2013 - 4:50am

KMB fare increase cut to 4.9pc, due in March

Transport secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government has slashed an 8.5 per cent fare rise request by Kowloon Motor Bus to 4.9 per cent, but pledged to help the loss-making company change some of its routes.

The decision to cut back the increase was taken with public affordability in mind, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2013 - 11:50pm

Plans for toll rises to cut queues at Cross-Harbour Tunnel revealed

Plans for toll rises to cut queues at Cross-Harbour Tunnel revealed

Three options for toll increases at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel have been proposed that could ease peak-hour congestion by up to 40 per cent. The options were detailed in a government consultation document released yesterday.

11 Feb 2013 - 11:03am 2 comments

Cross-harbour tolls must tackle all traffic, experts say

Traffic experts are assessing how adjusting toll charges could divert traffic to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel (left) from the congested Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hung Hom (right). Photo: Dickson Lee

Of the three options for adjusting tunnel tolls to ease cross-harbour congestion, the one which exempts public transport will be the most popular, but not most effective, experts have warned.

Truck drivers have also signalled opposition to any rise in their tolls, especially if buses were exempted.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:45am 1 comment

Plan to phase out dirty trucks hits snag over subsidy

Christine Loh Kung-wai. Photo: David Wong

Transport operators and environment officials failed yesterday to reach a consensus on a government proposal to phase out old, polluting diesel vehicles.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

Good-hearted cabbies call for penalties on industry's black sheep

Taxi driver Kung Kai-ming

Two cabbies who received awards for their good services have called for tougher government measures to tackle unscrupulous drivers, saying the black sheep were affecting the image of the industry.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:34am

Hong Kong taxi drivers push for fare increase as costs rise

Taxi unions say inflation has made it harder for drivers to make ends meet. Photo: May Tse

Urban taxis are seeking a HK$2 flag-fall fare increase, as they say inflation has made it harder for them to make ends meet.

They are also hoping to increase the fare by 10 cents for every extra 200 metres. The taxi unions will meet the Transport Department this month to discuss the proposed rise.

11 Jan 2013 - 7:38am 11 comments