THE number of new cars allowed on the road under the Government's proposed quota system will be far smaller than first thought, with only an additional 5,800 vehicles permitted. Critics have described the proposals as a breach of human rights and say they will have little effect on congestion, while motor traders claim smaller car dealers will be forced out of business. Their fears were reinforced yesterday when a member of the Government's Transport Advisory Committee said he had 'little faith' in the quota system. Transport Commissioner Rafael Hui Si-yan told the Legislative Council's transport panel that the quota system - which would allow up to 24,000 new cars to be sold each year - could be used as a stop-gap measure until the Electronic Road Pricing scheme was introduced. Mr Hui and the Transport Department refused to comment further yesterday. Under the system, 18,000 new cars will replace those de-registered and only 5,800 will be available to first-time car owners. A government working party looking into solutions to Hong Kong's appalling traffic problem suggested the quota could be allocated by 'tender or ballot'. Chief executive of the Hong Kong Automobile Association, Candy Chan Kin-chung, said: 'The Government is wrong to bring in a quota system, it is totally unacceptable. 'To say that only a very small percentage of people can buy a car for the first time is an abuse of human rights.' Under the scheme, aspiring first-time car owners will have to bid for a licence to run a new vehicle. 'This could quite easily turn into an auction house where only the rich win,' Mr Chan said. 'Population growth has expanded in the New Territories and it would be an ideal area to run park-and-ride facilities from,' he added. His views were echoed by the Motor Traders Association of Hong Kong (MTA), which has drawn up a 15-point plan to bring calm to the territory's 1,600 kilometres of roads. Last year, 36,000 new car registrations were sold. Although this figure should drop to 25,000 by 1997, the MTA says it will rise to 36,000 again by the turn of the century. 'The proposed quota system will undoubtedly put a great strain on the motor trade industry in Hong Kong. A lot of small dealers will go bust . . . Car prices could rocket,' an MTA spokesman said. A working group comprising officials from the Transport Branch, Transport Department and police has spent nine months putting together the package of recommendations. Legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip criticised the proposals. 'I think the quota system is unworkable and unfair to the public,' he said. 'I have been pushing for park-and-ride services in the New Territories for a long time. 'Such a plan could be implemented in no time at all. I strongly object to the recommendations put forward by the working group.' Leung Kong-yui, a member of the Government's Traffic Advisory Committee, said the committee had been approached by the working group but few details regarding the quota system had been given. 'This is an ineffective way of reducing congestion, the committee has little faith in the quota system,' he said. 'I would describe the quota proposal as more of a fiscal measure than an administrative measure.'