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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

Patrick Nip tours Govt Flying Service

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today visited the Government Flying Service Headquarters to meet the management and staff of various grades and learn more about their work.   Mr Nip first took a helicopter ride at the department's helipad in Wan Chai, during which he participated in the aircrew's work in flight and watched a simulated coastal rescue.   He was pleased to learn that frontline aircrew conduct these simulated drills and training regularly in order to enhance emergency response capabilities and efficiency.   Mr Nip toured the hangar and the Air Command & Control Centre at the department's Chek Lap Kok headquarters, where he was briefed on the aircraft fleet, related equipment as well as maintenance activities, and how colleagues deployed aircraft and manpower in accordance with various operational needs and emergency responses.   The civil service chief then met Controller of Government Flying Service West Wu and directorate staff for an update on the work of various divisions and the challenges ahead. He also met staff representatives of various grades and exchanged views on matters of concern.   So far, more than 90% of the department's staff have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.   Mr Nip said he was glad to know that the department has been maintaining strong awareness of epidemic prevention.   He also encouraged colleagues to work with dedication and continue to provide quality and efficient aviation support for the public as well as government departments.
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