Two-year trial for private cars on bridge

Local | Charlotte Luo 9 Jan 2019

Guangdong-Hong Kong cross-boundary private cars will be allowed to use the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge through the Zhuhai Port area on a trial basis in two phases for two years, the Transport Department announced yesterday.

The cars must be under respective quotas and issued with valid Closed Road Permits for using other crossings, such as Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To, Sha Tau Kok and Shenzhen Bay Port.

The first phase will start next month, and be applicable to dual-plate private cars permitted to use the ports of Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To and Sha Tau Kok.

The second phase will start in April, for dual-plate private cars with Shenzhen Bay Port permits.

The department will start issuing approval letters from January 21 and March 25 to explain the details of the arrangement. Quota holders are reminded that they should possess a permit to use their original crossing and bring the approval letter issued by the department for the Hong Kong port area of the bridge.

The Guangdong and Hong Kong governments will review the arrangement at the end of the trial.

Such arrangements will not be applicable to cars traveling to the Macau port area via the bridge.

For those who want to drive to the Macao Port via the bridge, the vehicles must either possess a private car regular quota allocation for going to or returning from Macao and licenses and permits issued by the Hong Kong and Macao governments.

In addition, they must have registered for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Macao Port Park-and-Ride Scheme and obtained a permit, including reserving parking spaces for the East Car Park of the Frontier Post of the bridge at the Macao Port.

The department said it has implemented temporary special traffic arrangements during the initial commissioning of the bridge at the Hong Kong port area, Hong Kong International Airport and Tung Chung.

As the Southern Connection of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link was opened at the end of 2018, the department said the traffic flow at the Hong Kong port area has generally been smooth.

charlotte.luo@singtaonewscorp.com

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