Residents’ fears surrounding the implementation of additional car and tourist-coach permits for South Lantau seem to be coming to fruition, with the number of drivers caught without a permit increasing significantly in the first half of this year.
According to Robert Clark’s blog Lantau Confidential, from January to June “police summonsed 138 drivers in South Lantau for driving without a closed road permit, more than one-and-a-half times the number penalised in all of 2015”.
Lantau police caught the drivers at routine traffic stops and during snap checks.
One of the fears amongst residents was that by relaxing the rules, people would take the permit restrictions less seriously. However, a police spokesperson told Lantau Confidential that the recent increase may in fact have been due to drivers’ lack of knowledge.
Lantau Confidential also reported that speeding offences and parking violations are on the rise.
Image: Terry Chow and courtesy of Martin Lever