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Illegal parking fines set to rise by 50 percent in 2017

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Source: Hong Kong Free Press/ Apple Daily

 

 

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The government will increase illegal parking fine amounts by 50 percent in 2017, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung announced on Friday. This means car owners will have to pay HK$480 for a traffic ticket in the future. If they are present when their vehicles are found parked in non-parking spaces, the fine is HK$680.

 

Cheung said the increase is justified by inflation as the current parking fines have not been adjusted since 1994. He revealed parking offences have been on the rise in Hong Kong, going up from 750,000 cases in 2010 to 1.08 million last year. The government hopes the heavier penalties will help reduce traffic jams. Cheung also revealed the government will launch a three-month public consultation on an electronic road pricing pilot scheme. Under the scheme, private car drivers will have to pay to use busy roads in Central and surrounding areas during traffic peak time.

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That's a great way to help curb illegal parking, but for the most part, I think the offenders can easily afford the fine. Why not make the fine a proportion of their income and really hit them.

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Hong Kong traffic is terrible, anything that can help to ease the traffic jam is good news

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good news to all of us there is so much illegal parking everywhere. that should help us a lot

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I don't understand why people in HK don't just use public transportation. As HK has one of the best public transportation systems in the world.

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so scary and intimidating to the millionaire/billionaire who laughs at the little policeman and other HK citizens.

Why not ding drivers AND owners in licence points for every infraction and once the points are gone, if a driver is caught in a vehicle without one (licence) he is immediately arrested, taken to jail (vehicle impounded, meanwhile) and must serve a minimum one month sentence??

Such Draconian measures are necessary these days in HK as the law is no longer a deterrence to the connected and arrogant. HK truly is becoming more mainland like every day...

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That's only about 60 usd. I paid more just a while back in the US. That's actually better. But the problem is the population. There's too much people.

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haha, ithink that is tooooooo cheap, i think more shuld be charge on them since they wanna park illegally they should bear the reesponsibniulit ato be charge more

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If one does a currency converter between US Dollars and HK Dollars ... $480HK = $61US and $680HK = $87US ... then these illegal parking fines are certainly not cheap for a traffic ticket ... 50% increase in illegal parking fines is a seriously significant number ... through the use of fines, in the end, HK government still wants to take as much money out of people's pockets as they can. :76:

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that is a good way to force people to park in the pay parking lots rather than on the roadside. they should keep doing that in the future.

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