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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

Hill fire drill held

An inter-departmental vegetation fire and mountain rescue exercise was held on Lantau Island today.   The drill aimed to enhance co-ordination, communication, command and control as well as logistical support capabilities among different departments and organisations during large-scale hill fire and mountain rescue operations.   It also helped test the effectiveness and co-operation of different emergency formations during fire-fighting and rescue operations.   About 40 Fire Services Department (FSD) members took part in the on-site exercise conducted along the hiking trail from Pak Mong to Por Kai Shan, together with members from the Police Force and the Government Flying Service.   Other participating departments and organisations joined the table-top exercise at the same time.   The FSD urged the public not to leave any ignition source while taking part in hiking activities, adding that they should evacuate to a safe place in the face of a vegetation fire.
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