New scheme for mega bridge

Local | Angel Kwan 24 Oct 2019

Authorized Hong Kong private cars will be able to travel between Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong under a new scheme aimed to boost developments in the Greater Bay Area and increase patronage of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

The Transport Department yesterday announced a new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Greater Bay Area Quota Scheme agreed by the three governments, which allows authorized Hong Kong and Macao private cars to travel to all three places.

On top of the existing approved crossings, Hong Kong cross-boundary private cars will be able to go from Macao to Guangdong via the Hengqin Port.

Those given the quota to drive on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Guangdong can also drive between Shenzhen and Hong Kong via the Shenzhen Bay Port if they fulfil certain tax requirements.

A TD spokesperson said the new scheme would be implemented in two phases.

The first phase will be a trial phase benefiting around 40 Hong Kong cars. It will start to accept applications within this month from private cars of Hong Kong and Macao that are already within the allocated quota for traveling between both Hong Kong and Macao via the bridge and between Hong Kong and Guangdong via land.

Under this phase, the scheme's validity period will dovetail with that of its original approved crossings, whichever is shorter.

The second phase is expected to be implemented next year. The department said they are looking at the possibility of opening applications to all Hong Kong and Macao cross-boundary private cars allocated under regular land crossing quotas.

Currently, citizens who wish to drive to Guangdong would need to apply for a valid approval notice issued by the Vehicle Administration Office of the Guangdong Public Security Department and a closed road permit from Hong Kong's TD. Those who wish to drive to Macau city center would need to apply for regular quotas or apply for the Park-and-Ride Scheme and take public transport to town.

angel.kwan@singtaonewscorp.com

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