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LCQ12 : Taxi services in HK and Shenzhen
Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Following is a question by the Hon Leung Yiu-chung and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, at the Legislative Council meeting today (April 6) :

Question:

It has been reported that the Shenzhen Municipal Government is exploring the feasibility of cross-boundary operation of Shenzhen and Hong Kong taxis. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council whether :

(a) the two governments of Hong Kong and Shenzhen have discussed the above idea; if so, of the responsible department of the Hong Kong Government, as well as the details and outcome of the discussions;

(b) it has studied this idea; if so, of the result of the study; if not, the reasons for that; and

(c) it has assessed the pros and cons for Hong Kong if this idea is put into practice; if so, of the result of the assessment?

Reply:

Madam President,

The proposal "cross-boundary operation of Shenzhen and Hong Kong taxis" (i.e. allowing the provision of cross-boundary taxi services in these two places) is one of the preliminary ideas included in the "Implementation Plan for Shenzhen's Integration into Regional Cooperation in the Pan-Pearl River Delta" promulgated by the Shenzhen Municipal Government in early February this year. The governments of Shenzhen and Hong Kong have not started formal discussion on the proposal.

We maintain an open mind towards any proposal that could facilitate cross-boundary people and vehicular traffic flows. However, in considering the above proposal, we need to carefully examine the detailed operational arrangements and the implications, such as the relevant laws regulating taxis in the two places and their enforcement, the impact on the taxi trade and taxi services in Hong Kong, the handling capacities of boundary control points and the impact on existing cross-boundary transport services, etc.
 

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Wow, this is really an interesting idea. Maybe this will be the first step to eventually phasing out all right-hand drive vehicles in HK....
 

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Great! Now, to completely reverse Hong Kong's road layouts, rebuild every single road, highway, bridge, intersection and interchange. Yup, that can be done in an eyeblink, especially since new roads are still constructed exclusively for HK's right-drive configuration.
 
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