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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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 c16 Oct 2012 - 3:56am 2 comments
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
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