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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

CE visits nat'l security dept

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today visited the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government (CPG) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Police National Security Department.   During the visits, Mrs Lam, along with leaders of the respective offices, reviewed the effectiveness of the implementation of the National Security Law over the past year.   She expressed gratitude to the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the CPG for its effective discharge of duty in accordance with the National Security Law under the leadership of Zheng Yanxiong, including overseeing, guiding, co-ordinating with and providing support to the Hong Kong SAR in its work in safeguarding national security.   "The National Security Law has turned chaos to order and restored stability in Hong Kong society. Over the past year, national security awareness has gradually increased in Hong Kong, to which the CPG Office on National Security has made significant contributions.   “I, on behalf of the Hong Kong SAR Government, express gratitude to the central authorities and the CPG Office on National Security."   The Chief Executive also fully acknowledged the effective enforcement of the National Security Law by the Police National Security Department over the past year, noting that they have been taking up the responsibility of safeguarding national security steadfastly.   "Safeguarding national security is an honourable and vital duty. As the national security risks in the Hong Kong SAR have not been completely eradicated, all of us are required to continue to discharge our duty to safeguard national security with profound courage and full confidence."
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