District councillor wants judicial review of government's failure to appeal arbitration ruling for increase A district councillor plans to seek a judicial review against the government for not appealing the arbitration ruling that led to the Eastern Harbour Tunnel toll increase, which goes into effect tomorrow. As a protest stopped traffic at the tunnel for half an hour yesterday, Wong Tai Sin district councillor Andrew To Kwan-hang said he was seeking legal advice and would likely file a judicial review application next week. 'The government has clearly made an administrative blunder and failed to adequately protect the public interest when it decided not to appeal against the arbitration result,' he said. 'This led to the rise in fare and we are hoping the courts will halt the fee rise and force the government to take action.' But he admitted the chance of an injunction to halt the rise was slim. Transport officials continued yesterday to make arrangements to deal with an expected surge in traffic at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel on Tuesday, the first working day after the toll increase comes into effect. They had a taste of chaos when Mr To and five others, led by legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung, stopped traffic at the eastern tunnel's Kowloon entrance. Mr Leung and Mr To, Eastern district councillor Tsang Kin-shing and two of Mr Leung's friends parked four cars at the entrance after paying the toll, blocking both lanes. They then held a banner that read 'Honk against toll increase'. Police could not move them until a tow truck arrived half an hour later to take the cars away. All five of the protesters were arrested. Legislators and transport union leaders yesterday called on motorists to boycott or block the eastern tunnel in protest against the toll. Deputy Secretary for Transport Annie Choi Suk-han said it was difficult to predict how bad congestion would get at the central tunnel. She advised people to take trains and, if driving, to use the more expensive tunnels to avoid traffic jams. The Transport Department has listed detours to the eastern and western tunnels at its website: http://www.info.gov.hk/td/ . Mr Leung described the toll increase as 'very unreasonable' at yesterday's protest and urged drivers to boycott the tunnel. 'The tunnel company does not care about the welfare of the people and how this could cause a ripple effect for increases at other tunnels,' he said. 'I hope professional drivers and motorists would find a way to protest against this. They can block the eastern tunnel by paying the old toll or boycott the tunnel altogether.' A similar call to boycott or block the eastern tunnel was made yesterday by transport unions and legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip, who urged public transport operators to make their vehicles break down in the tunnel next week. 'It is illegal to protest and block the tunnel, but if our cars stalled, broke down or have a tyre burst, we can do nothing about it,' he said. Tam Wai-to, chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Transport Worker Organisations, said there was a common understanding among professional drivers to use the central tunnel on Tuesday.