Road Classifications, Drink Driving and Breakdown Recovery
Understand the different types of road in Hong Kong, plus who to call following a breakdown or accident and the rules surrounding drinking and driving...
Road signs in Hong Kong are in both Chinese and English. The speed limit is shown on signs and road markings. The limit for cars on urban roads is 50 Km/h and major road speed limits, which are signposted, vary from 70-110 Km/h. In some residential areas speed can be limited to 30 Km/h. There are fines for speeding and speed limits are regularly reviewed, so watch out for signs.
Hong Kong strategic route and exit number system
Hong Kong roads are organised into a series of major roads classified into three categories:
- North-South routes (Routes 1-3)
- East-West routes (Routes 4-8 and 10)
- New Territories Ring Road (Route 9)
Route numbers are in black or blue text on yellow shields, and exit numbers are in white text against a black background.
. Exit numbers are white in yellow boxes on road signs.
- The Transport Department has real-time information on Hong Kong traffic flow and congestion
There are tolls on the following roads:
- Aberdeen Tunnel
- Cross Harbour Tunnel
- Discovery Bay Tunnel Link
- Eastern Harbour Crossing
- Lantau Link
- Lion Rock Tunnel (North Kowloon to Sha Tin)
- Shing Mun Tunnels (Tsuen Wan to Sha Tin)
- Tai Lam Tunnel (Yuen Long)
- Tate's Cairn Tunnel
- Tseung Kwan O Tunnel (Kwun Tong to Tseung Kwan O New Town)
- Western Harbour Crossing
- Further information is available from the Transport Department
A prepaid electronic toll collection system, known as Autotoll, allows drivers to avoid having to stop and pay in cash at toll booths. Expenses are charged to a prepaid account.
Parking and Fines
There are around 17,800 pay and display or individual parking meters available throughout Hong Kong. These operate from 08:00 until midnight on weekdays, and from 10:00-22:00 on Sundays and public holidays. There are fixed time limits on parking meters ranging from 15 minutes to two hours, and stored-value Octopus cards are used for making payment. There are fourteen government-owned multi-storey car parks and an estimated 600,000 plus private parking spaces.
- The Transport Department has a list of their locations and opening hours and details on parking in Hong Kong
Illegal parking can lead to a fixed penalty ticket, wheel clamping or the vehicle being towed away. All fines can be paid at any bank teller machine.
Speeding fines can be given on the spot, or requested by post if speeding was registered on a hidden camera. The speeding ticket will contain information on where, how and before when to pay the fine. Reminders will be sent in case of non-payment.
Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving is a criminal offence. Hong Kong Police have the power to demand a breath test from a driver involved in a traffic accident, or who has committed a moving traffic offence or who is suspected of drink driving.
The prescribed alcohol limit is:
- 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath
- 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
- 67mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine
Any driver found exceeding the prescribed limit may face prosecution.
- First conviction: 10 demerit-offence points or possible disqualification from driving
- Subsequent conviction: driving licence suspended (two years or more), a fine and up to three years' imprisonment
It is also an offence if a motorist, without reasonable excuse, refuses or fails to provide specimens of breath, blood or urine for analysis.
- More information from the Transport Department
The Hong Kong Automobile Association (HKAA) offers various services from car inspection and storage to evaluations and emissions tests.
- The Hong Kong Automobile Association
At: 391 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Tel: 3583 3615
- HKAA 24-hour emergency rescue service: Tel: 3583 3628