Tourist buses in sights for quick-fire parking tickets

Top News | Cindy Wan May 16, 2019
<p>Police plan to issue electronic fixed penalty tickets at tourist hotspots in To Kwa Wan and Hung Hom under a pilot scheme that should start this year.</p><p>In a written reply to legislators, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah said the pilot scheme will enhance the efficiency of law enforcement to combat the rampant illegal parking problems of tourist buses in these two areas.</p><p>Under the scheme, drivers will receive print-out penalty tickets instead of conventional handwritten ones if they are caught parking illegally within designated areas.</p><p>Front-line law-enforcement officers will be equipped with smart mobile devices to access data of vehicles that are found to have parked illegally and to then print out the penalty tickets instantly.</p><p>Residents in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan have been complaining about traffic and overcrowding problems brought on by mainland tour groups, who appear in large numbers on a daily basis and swamp the districts for dining and shopping.</p><p>Tour coaches often double park along narrow roads and clog streets to drop off and pick up passengers, raising concerns about safety.</p><p>To address the issue, the Transport Department is looking to find suitable locations to add new on-street parking spaces and grant short-term tenancy car parks, Yau said.</p><p>The government does not keep records of accidents involving tour buses, but the 195 accidents involving non-franchised single-deck buses between 2014 and last year claimed the lives of six people and left 20 severely injured in Kowloon City.</p><p>Police have issued 4,192 penalty tickets to tour buses in Kowloon City between May 2017 and last month, Yau added.</p>

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