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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

Christopher Hui inspects e-payment

Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui visited Smithfield Market in Kennedy Town today to inspect the use of electronic payment (e-payment) by stall operators and customers there.   Mr Hui visited several stalls to learn about operators' feedback and their customers' reviews on the use of e-payment in aspects such as efficiency, transaction fee and adaptability.   He pointed out that e-payment is fast and convenient, making it an irreversible trend in retail development. Under the pandemic, contactless payment is also in line with the public health perspective.   He said the Consumption Voucher Scheme announced by the Financial Secretary at the Budget has brought multiple benefits by significantly encouraging the use of e-payment and accelerating the application of fintech in daily life.   With the popularisation of e-payment, Mr Hui said he believed that stored value facilities (SVF) operators will progressively reduce their fees as a result of competition in future, which will in turn benefit merchants.   Since the announcement on the selection of the four SVF operators to assist in implementing the Consumption Voucher Scheme in April, the number of consumer accounts of the four operators and the number of merchants accepting e-payment have increased by more than 3.3 million and 80,000 as of the end of September.   Mr Hui also called on stall operators and the public at Smithfield Market to exercise their right to vote on the polling day of the 2021 Legislative Council General Election on December 19.   He noted there will be competition in the Election Committee, functional and geographical constituencies in the upcoming Legislative Council General Election, adding that the active participation of voters is of utmost importance to bring a new style of policy discussion to the Legislative Council.   “I strongly believe that a diverse and pragmatic legislature which cares about the well-being of the public will be conducive to Hong Kong's future economic and financial development,” Mr Hui said.
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