Fortune in traffic handouts waits to be picked up

Local | Charlotte Luo 16 May 2019

Two months of unclaimed traffic subsidies, totaling HK$27 million, is in the government's coffers waiting to be collected, says the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan Fan.

Chan said 330,000 people in January and 320,000 in February had not claimed the money - HK$15 million and HK$12 million. His comments come after the deadline for claiming the January subsidy ended yesterday.

In response to a lawmaker's inquiry in the Legislative Council yesterday, Chan said the government will introduce a three-month temporary special arrangement for people to claim the expired subsidies through the Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme's hotline at 2969-5500.

Those who have not yet collected their subsidies for January to March within the subsidy collection period can apply within one month from the day following the expiry of the subsidy collection period. People can then credit the expired and uncollected subsidies to their Octopus cards through different collection channels from the 16th of the month following the date of the application.

The average subsidy amount for each beneficiary in the first three months was around HK$79, HK$62 and HK$77.

Meanwhile, the government plans to finish handling 3.44 million applications for the HK$4,000 handout by the end of this year, said the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, James Lau.

The Working Family Allowance Office has acknowledged 3.39 million applications and instructed banks to disburse payments and checks for about 112,000 successful applications.

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