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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

District councillors take oaths

The Government today held the third oath-taking ceremony for district councillors of North District, Tai Po, Sai Kung and Sha Tin at North Point Community Hall.   The district councillors took oaths individually to declare that they would uphold the Basic Law and bear allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.   The oath taking was administered by Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui who was authorised by the Chief Executive as the oath administrator.   According to the Interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the person administering the oath has the duty to ensure that it is taken in a lawful manner.   The administrator shall also determine that an oath taken in compliance with the interpretation and the requirements under the laws of Hong Kong is valid, while an oath not taken in compliance with the interpretation and the requirements is invalid.   If the oath taken is determined as invalid, no arrangement shall be made for retaking the oath. The oath administrator determined that the oaths taken by 34 district council members were valid. As Yiu Kwan-ho of Tai Po District Council is currently in prison, the oath administrator considers that it is not reasonably practicable to arrange the oath-taking for him. If his situation changes and he is still serving as a district council member by then, the Government will make separate arrangements.   As for Wong Hoi-ying of North District Council, she provided the oath administrator with the reason for not attending today's oath-taking ceremony and requested separate oath-taking arrangements for her. The oath administrator is handling her case. Meanwhile, as the oath administrator had doubts on the validity of the oaths taken by 16 district councillors, letters were issued to the councillors concerned to require them to provide additional information for the administrator to decide the validity of their oaths.
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