People cover their noses on a street in Mong Kok on a high air pollution day. Photo: AFP

Red light on private cars needed in Hong Kong to curb roadside pollution

Mike Rowse says air pollution caused by the combination of traffic congestion and tall buildings has created a health crisis that can only be tackled by cracking down on the number of vehicles on the roads

Topic |   Hong Kong air pollution

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People cover their noses on a street in Mong Kok on a high air pollution day. Photo: AFP
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.