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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Illegal parking and officer inaction damage image of Hong Kong Police Force

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 4:09pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 5:48pm

I wish to draw attention to the continued illegal parking at Shun Ning Road, between Camp Street and Tonkin Street, in Cheung Sha Wan. I also want to complain about the inaction of a station sergeant.

At 1.30pm on May 8, while walking along Shun Ning Road, I noticed the usual line of illegally parked vehicles. Although there are parking meters along the entire street, almost none were paid as required. Yet the street was fully parked. There was also rampant double parking. 

I saw a station sergeant and followed him for a section of Shun Ning Road, and was disappointed that he took no action over the illegal parking. All the time he only looked straight ahead. So at the corner of Shun Ning Road at Camp Street, I stopped him and reported the situation, begging him to look at the unpaid parking meters. He simply refused and kept looking straight ahead. He said he was in a command position. Does this mean he could ignore the rampant illegal activities around him? 

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When I asked for his name, at first he shouted back at me, although I was in no way rude when reporting the matter to him. Then, to my surprise, he accused me of obstructing his duty. I did not see any urgent matter he had to deal with, as I had followed him for some time. All the time he only walked slowly. Eventually he gave me his name, after I insisted.

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I just wanted to act as a responsible resident and report illegal activities to the police. I do not think I deserved such treatment. This only serves to damage the image of the police as a whole.

Tim Ko, Cheung Sha Wan