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Transportation Regulations in Hong Kong

Transportation Regulations in Hong Kong

Transport in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city that has a relatively small land area and a large population. Transport regulations in Hong Kong are designed and implemented to meet the needs of carriers, public transporters and those driving personal vehicles. The Transport Department belonging to the Government of Hong Kong is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the laws regarding traffic management, the Road Traffic Ordinance and managing the major transport infrastructures in the city.

The consultants at our law firm in Hong Kong can help you with detailed information about these rules and regulations regarding transportation. These legal requirements are relevant especially if you own an import and export business in the city and need qualified assistance on this matter.

Getting around Hong Kong

Public transport in Hong Kong comprises of railways, trams, buses, minibuses and ferries. A driving license is needed in Hong Kong for those who want to drive a private car or who want to engage in transport activities. The city imposes certain vehicle safety standards and they also include the alterations that are allowed by law to be performed on a vehicle operating in the city. Vehicles in Hong Kong need to be insured.

In order to maximize the efficiency of the road network but also for safety reasons, the Hong Kong Government has implemented a network of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The system uses advanced traffic management and control technologies.

The lawyers at our Hong Kong law firm can help you with detailed information about the Road Traffic Ordinance and the regulations contained therein. 

Environmental requirements in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Transport Department is concerned with the protection of the environment and with implementing and maintaining an environmentally friendly transport system. For this purpose, there are certain policies taken into consideration: the interchange scheme provides for a more efficient use of the transport system. The Government is also working on providing enough parking solutions, both for vehicles and bicycles.

Hong Kong imposes a Euro IV emission standard for buses and other diesel vehicles. A Euro V emission standard is in place starting with 2012 for all newly registered vehicles, except for light goods vehicles of no more than 3.5 tonnes. Private cars, taxis, light buses or goods vehicles are required to pass a smoke or emission test during the annual vehicle inspection. 

For more information about the regulations for various types of vehicles, please call our law firm in Hong Kong.