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Britain plugs loophole in Hong Kong drivers' licence agreement

Under an agreement between Hong Kong and Britain, a driver who holds a licence in one place can normally obtain a licence from the other without further examination.

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

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.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Smoke and mirrors of ferry economics

Hong Kong has some of the world's most polluting ferries. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

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

Ferry fares between Discovery Bay and Central increase by 9.5 per cent from today. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Hong Kong Cycling Alliance chairman Martin Turner. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Taxi drivers on average commit speeding offences 51 times more often than bus drivers and eight times more often than minibus drivers.

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 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

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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

The hugely expensive Stonecutters Bridge is virtually unused.

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

Police tired of Kowloon taxis clogging up Central streets

Police have criticised drivers of Kowloon taxis for invading Central entertainment districts and causing traffic jams.

The phenomenon has also led to an increase in arguments with customers as the drivers turn away those not going to Kowloon, forcing police to intervene.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am 1 comment

Roundabouts only one option for junctions

We refer to the letters from David Lai ("A roundabout solution to traffic woes", October 23), Kevin Lee ("City's drivers puzzled by roundabouts", October 29) and Howard Cowley ("Roundabouts perfect for intersections", November 1).

8 Nov 2012 - 2:08am 2 comments

Transport Department not helping fight against pollution

All planners should be thinking in terms of providing clean and efficient public transport in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

At a time when roadside pollution has been increasing ("Emission cuts on target but air quality gets worse", October 11) and the deputy director of environmental protection has stated that "we are stepping up measures in these aspects", is it not ironic that the Transport Department is planning a new underpass and elevated road link at the Western Harbour Tunnel which will encourage even more c

16 Oct 2012 - 3:56am 2 comments

Train terminal, Kowloon cultural hub expected to bring traffic nightmare

Train terminal, Kowloon cultural hub expected to bring traffic nightmare

Fears are mounting that traffic congestion in West Kowloon will be unbearable when two major projects are finished.

The amount of traffic has already exploded.

11 Oct 2012 - 3:46am 1 comment

It's time transport officials get to grips with Sai Kung's traffic woes

Traffic jams like this frustrate residents. Photo: Bloomberg

Last weekend, Sai Kung was home, yet again, to absolute traffic mayhem. My family and I decided to go to Sha Tin for Sunday lunch instead of heading into Sai Kung on the advice of our taxi driver, who mentioned there had been three traffic accidents and the traffic was backed up both ways - from Hiram's Highway and also from Ma On Shan direction.

5 Oct 2012 - 1:46am 1 comment

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