New traffic lights to be finished by 2012, government says The Transport Department will take around 2 1/2 more years to replace the conventional traffic lights, using incandescent bulbs, in the city's 1,900 junctions, with light emitting diodes. Funding was approved by the Finance Committee in 2008 and the replacement work is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2012. Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said the LED traffic lights should last ten times longer than the conventional type and could save 60 to 70 per cent electricity. 1.5 per cent of flights delayed at HK airport A total of 6,568 departure flights, only 1.5 per cent, suffered delays at Hong Kong International Airport in the past three years as a result of crowded Pearl River Delta airspace. Last October, the Civil Aviation Department introduced new air routes for inbound aircraft from the west and the north of Hong Kong, which is expected to save more than 10 million kilometres in flight journeys or 12,000 hours in flight time. This will benefit eight million passengers each year. The department plans to provide extra aircraft stands, apron facilities and a new concourse to increase the airport's capacity to 70 million passengers and six million tonnes of cargo per year. No law for legal tender rejections Coins of 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent denominations and HK$1,000 bank notes are legal tender permitted by law to fulfil payment obligations, but the secretary for financial services and the treasury, Professor Chan Ka-keung, told lawmakers that there was no law to punish shops that refused to accept them from customers. No digital TV for 15 per cent of HK Some 15 per cent of the city's population still cannot receive digital terrestrial television broadcasting. Areas such as Stanley, Shek O, Yuen Long Shap Pat Heung and Mui Wo on Lantau Island are not covered. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said the coverage would be extended to the remaining areas by 2015, by which time the government might switch off analogue service.