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Transport Department

Britain plugs loophole in Hong Kong drivers' licence agreement

More than 200 Hong Kong drivers have been barred from obtaining a British licence without taking a test, after Britain tightened requirements for a reciprocal arrangement that allows for direct exchange of licences.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 7:30am 4 comments

The great driving licence handout

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.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Smoke and mirrors of ferry economics

Transport officials want to spend a whopping HK$610 million to build additional floors on the Central ferry piers to enhance the shopping and dining experience in the heart of the city.

27 May 2013 - 7:52am 6 comments

Councillors put brakes on plan to rejig bus routes

A proposed reorganisation of bus routes in North District is on hold because local politicians are unhappy about the plan to axe a loss-making route to Kowloon.

Without an agreement, the reshuffle - designed to improve resources - may not be introduced this summer, as planned.

The proposal was submitted by the Transport Department and Kowloon Motor Bus.

14 May 2013 - 3:28am 1 comment

DB residents on warpath over ferry fare rise

Discovery Bay residents yesterday protested against a 9.5 per cent ferry fare increase approved by the Transport Department against their objections.

12 May 2013 - 7:55am 1 comment

Cyclists see open roads up ahead

The Hong Kong Cycling Alliance is talking to transport officials about removing bans at some locations including bridges, underpasses and flyovers. There are no specific laws banning bicycles from these places apart from signs erected by the Transport Department. But laws do prohibit bicycles using tunnels and highways.

7 May 2013 - 5:42am

A proven way to cut road deaths

Value-for-money reports by the Audit Commission measure the performance of government departments and public bodies against objectives. This can help prompt action by officials to meet public expectations. The latest report raises questions about road safety - in particular speeding and drink-driving. It found that taxi drivers on average commit speeding offences 51 times more often than bus drivers and eight times more often than minibus drivers.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am

Audit chiefs urge mandatory training courses for taxi drivers

Audit chiefs have called for compulsory training courses for taxi drivers after it emerged that cabbies on average commit speeding offences 51 times more often than bus drivers and eight times more often than minibus drivers.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:39am 3 comments

Green is good, as long as taxes are not in the red

It's always interesting and sometimes surprising to see what drives policy in Hong Kong. Take the story in yesterdays' SCMP about car dealers asking the government for more time to clear their stock of green vehicles before more stringent regulations are introduced.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:38am

Hong Kong's roads could be much better

As a follow-up to the recent correspondence concerning roundabouts, it is no surprise to read the typically bland and dismissive response to public concerns from T.F. Leung, for the commissioner for transport ("Roundabouts not always the answer on HK's crowded roads" November 8).

So just what is the Transport Department's vision for Hong Kong's roads?

20 Nov 2012 - 3:08am