Hong Kong – Tougher Emission Standards Now in Force
Tougher controls on emissions from light commercial vehicles came into force in Hong Kong from October 1.
The new requirements mean that new diesel vehicles of four tonnes and below must meet current European Union emission standards. According to the Assistant Director of Environmental Protection Mr Tse Chin-wan, the government is also stepping up vehicle inspections and assessing the practicability of using cleaner alternative fuels instead of diesel.
In other emissions news, the government issued a consultative paper on replacement of diesel taxis with LPG-powered versions. This proposal has been under debate in Hong Kong for some time, but has been held back by pressure from the transport sector who fear increased cost burdens.