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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 clarifies boundary reopening

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today clarified claims that the boundary between Hong Kong and the Mainland will not fully reopen until after the Beijing Winter Olympics.   Speaking at a media session ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mrs Lam acknowledged that Hong Kong people need to cross the boundary on a frequent basis to do business or visit relatives, and that achieving quarantine-free travel for Hong Kong people into the Mainland is also her top priority.   “That is why last Saturday during my meeting with Vice Premier Han Zheng in Shenzhen, I have also, on behalf of Hong Kong people, appealed to Vice Premier Han Zheng that we are very earnest about a meeting between the two sides - the government officials and the health experts and so on - so as to iron out a scheme or a set of conditions that will allow Hong Kong people to travel into the Mainland without quarantine.   “Vice Premier Han Zheng has attached his personal attention to the matter and we have received a request for more information in order to prepare for that meeting (which is) in my view (a very good sign) that we should be able to take the matter forward.   “Up till now, I have heard nothing about that this matter has to be linked to the Beijing Winter Olympics which will only take place early next year. So I think they are separate matters.”
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