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Author: Ip Tsz Yan Natalie, BBA (Law) IV; HKU

Date: 6/8/10


Near term goals should include banning of pre-Euro and Euro I powered commercial vehicles on urban roads during peak periods, and provide better ventilation in the construction of under-cover bus termini.[1]


Road planning systems can be put in place to control traffic congestion – stationary vehicles waste 100% of their fuel, while slow moving vehicles suffer low fuel efficiency. [2] Better urban planning and stricter design regulation should be adopted to reduce the “street canyon effect” – building and redevelopment need to facilitate air circulation. [2] [3]


Transporting services where there is excess capacity should be reduced.[1]


To stop air pollution from affecting our health, the government shall discourage use of motor vehicles and highways and encourage the development of railways and mass transit, and promote policies that favour less polluting vehicles and cleaner fuels. [4]


Low priced or subsidized car parking should be made available near suburban MTR, bus and ferry stations to encourage drivers to use mass transport.[2]


The government can turn many mini-bus routes into feeder bus services to rail and long haul bus stations to reduce emission of pollutants. [1]


The government can provide high disincentives for use of a car on a regular basis during peak periods by road pricing and higher car parking charges. [1]


See Also

  1. Alternative air pollution management strategies (overview)
  2. Alternate fuel and energy source
  3. Control on power generation
  4. Controls on garages, vehicles and drivers
  5. Cross-border management on fuels
  6. Control on marine services, logistics industry and port emissions
  7. More accurate assessment of loss and monitoring activities
  8. Communication with the public and increase awareness
  9. Government bodies involved with the AQOs should act promptly


Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ‘Air Pollution: costs and paths to a solution’, Department of Community Medicine, HKU, Department of Community and Family Medicine, CUHK, Institute for the Environment, HKUST, Civic Exchange, June 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ‘Hong Kong: Vehicle Related Air Pollution in Support of Action Blue Sky’, Ir Iain Seymour-Hart, October 2007 – last accessed 11/8/10
  3. ‘Boomtown to gloomtown – The implications of inaction’, CLSA – Christine Loh, James Paterson, September 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10
  4. ‘Review of Air Quality Objectives in Hong Kong’, submissions included from Civic Exchange, Department of Community and Family Medicine (CUHK), Department of Community Medicine (HKU), and Institute for the Environment (HKUST), 27 November 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10

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