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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

Student grant arrangements set

The Education Bureau today issued a circular memorandum to all secondary day schools, primary schools, special schools and kindergartens in Hong Kong to announce the arrangements for providing a student grant of $2,500 to day school students in the 2021-22 school year.   The Government provides the non-means tested student grant for secondary day school, primary school and kindergarten students every school year.   The grant provision was regularised from the 2020-21 school year to alleviate parents' financial burden.   All students, as at the application date, studying in secondary day schools, primary schools, special schools and kindergartens offering local or non-local curriculum in Hong Kong are eligible for the grant.   Eligible children attending a special child care centre subsidised by the Social Welfare Department, newly arrived children attending a full-time Initiation Programme funded by the bureau, and students taking the Vocational Training Council's (VTC) full-time programmes for Secondary 3 school leavers are also entitled to the grant.   Students of evening schools or private studies, holders of student visas for entry into Hong Kong for studies and holders of the recognisance forms issued by the Immigration Department are ineligible.   Schools can collect application forms at the respective regional education offices from today, while special child care centres and the VTC can collect the forms at the bureau's Special Duties Office.   Parents are advised to return the completed forms to the schools concerned as soon as possible. Schools must submit the forms to the bureau by November 5.   The bureau will normally disburse the grant gradually within about six weeks after receiving the applications.
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