HONGKONG'S road system is being neglected and provisions are not being made by the Government for increases in traffic, according to the chief executive of the Hongkong Automobile Association (HKAA), Phil Taylor. He said: ''The role of Hongkong is changing and we are much more attached to China, in the economic sense, than we used to be. ''We must have a road system capable of handling the increased traffic.'' Mr Taylor said the road problem stemmed from both a lack of money for urban roads and a lack of planning for the future. He criticised the Government for the amount of money made available for urban roads and the priority of road building work. He said: ''It's a combination of allocating money and, at the same time, properly planning what needs to be done. ''A lot more could be done. ''We are concerned that the urban road system is being neglected, while grandiose schemes, such as the road link to the new airport, have enormous amounts of money spent on them.'' The HKAA has been pressing for more emphasis from the Government on solving the problems of traffic congestion for some time. Mr Taylor said that recent increases in the numbers of goods vehicles on the roads had increased the problem and he expected the congestion to become more acute in the near future. He said: ''We are concerned there is going to be a serious blockage in traffic in the near future because they are spending money in one direction, [but] not where it is needed.'' The HKAA set out its suggestions for the improvement of the Hongkong road system in a manifesto published in last year's annual report. The report says the Government should build a network of modern roads which are adequate for the existing and future needs of the community and the economy. Mr Taylor said the Government had failed to institute such a programme. The report goes on to recommend that the Government make greater efforts to keep road development in pace with the growth of towns, making the building of roads and general transport facilities a part of town planning. Mr Taylor said the Government had the funds to pay for improvements in the road system. He said: ''There is no shortage of money. If they can afford to build those billion dollar road links to Lantau, then surely they can afford a few million dollars to carry out the equivalent on the urban road network.'' The HKAA report says efforts to reduce traffic through restraints, such as higher taxation, are ''not acceptable'', and that such measures fail to cover the complete range of road transport. Mr Taylor said: ''We believe that taxation of the private motorist is not the way out of the problem.'' He said he was concerned that commercial vehicles, which made up an average of 75 per cent of traffic, would simply pass on the higher costs to the consumer. This would mean that only the smaller group of private motorists would be directly affected by higher taxation. The HKAA report says: ''Equity in the taxes and charges paid by the classes of vehicle is essential. ''While it is recognised that road user taxation is an element in any fiscal system, the road user should not bear tax burdens that are discriminatory, or out of proportion to Government expenditure on roads.'' add copy to lead add copy to lead add copy to lead Mr Taylor said the Government had already overdone the whole exercise of taxation. He called on the Government to adopt positive rather than punitive measures, which affect private motorists more than commercial vehicle operators. ''Taxation [on private vehicles] really is an arbitrary way of saying to people we are not going to allow you to afford to run a motor car,'' he said.