Chapter 7 : Advice to Motorists

Before departing for the Guangdong Province, motorists should pay attention to the operating hours and traffic arrangements at the Shenzhen Bay Bridge and Shenzhen Bay Port and plan their journeys well in advance. Since the road design and traffic regulations in Guangdong and Hong Kong are different, motorists should always drive with extra care to ensure safety.

7.1 Notice to motorists driving on the Shenzhen Bay Bridge

Motorists should follow the instructions below when driving on the Shenzhen Bay Bridge:

  • Always follow the instructions of Police officers.
  • Pay attention to and follow the lane signals which are activated.
  • Observe the speed limits which may be adjusted according to prevailing weather and traffic conditions.
  • Pay attention to and follow the messages as shown on variable message signs which are activated.
  • Pay attention to the latest traffic news.
  • Drive with due care when the amber lights flash.
  • Do not drive along or stop on the road shoulder, unless for emergencies.
  • Do not stop or park the vehicle on the carriageway except for vehicle breakdown or emergencies.

7.2 Traffic and crossing arrangements at the Shenzhen Bay Port

Operating hours

The Shenzhen Bay Port operates from 6:30 a.m. to midnight daily. Roads leading from Hong Kong to the Shenzhen Bay Port will be closed about 30 minutes before the Port ceases operation. Motorists should pay attention to the operating hours of the crossing point and the closing time of the approach roads. The Shenzhen Bay Bridge may be closed during inclement weather or serious traffic incidents (please see paragraph 7.3 for details). Motorists should pay attention to the announcements made by the Guangdong and Hong Kong authorities about the closure and re-opening of the Bridge. Motorists may also call the TD's hotline 2804 2600 to enquire the related arrangements.

Crossing arrangements

Private cars with ad hoc quotas should use the designated kiosk for clearance. Motorists should pay attention to the traffic signs installed along the Shenzhen Bay Bridge and select the passenger vehicle lane heading for the passenger clearance area when approaching the Shenzhen Bay Port. Motorists should also follow the instructions displayed on the overhead electronic displays above the kiosks and select the appropriate one for clearance. The TD has produced a short video showing how to proceed to the Shenzhen Bay Port and the crossing arrangements. Motorists may view the video via TD's or other websites using computers or smart phones.

 

Traffic Arrangements to/from the Shenzhen Bay Port

Traffic Arrangements to/from the Shenzhen Bay Port

Traffic Arrangements near Shenzhen Bay Port Hong Kong Passenger Clearance Area

Traffic Arrangements near Shenzhen Bay Port Hong Kong Passenger Clearance Area

 

7.3 Traffic management measures at the Shenzhen Bay Bridge under inclement weather conditions

For the safety of motorists, the Shenzhen Bay Bridge is subject to closure during such inclement weather as strong wind and dense fog. The special traffic management measures to be implemented under strong wind conditions are as follows:

Stage  Wind speed Traffic Management Measures
1 30 kph Amber lights and variable message signs on the Shenzhen Bay Bridge and approach roads will be activated to alert motorists on strong wind conditions.
2 40 kph When weather conditions worsen, the vehicle speed limit will be reduced to 50 km/h.
3 55 kph The middle lanes in both directions will be closed and the vehicle speed should be maintained at 50km/h. Goods vehicles should drive on the left most lane and other vehicles on the right most lane.
4 65 kph The Shenzhen Bay Bridge will be closed. Northbound vehicles will be diverted via Ha Tsuen Interchange.

The following crossing arrangements will be implemented by the Guangdong Province and HKSAR when the Shenzhen Bay Bridge is fully closed due to inclement weather or serious incidents:

7.4 Points to note when driving in the Guangdong Province

Since the rules and regulations as well as the road design and traffic direction, etc. vary considerably between Guangdong and Hong Kong, to ensure driving safety, motorists should familiarise themselves with the local traffic regulations and relevant driving knowledge before departure. According to our understanding, some organisations in Hong Kong are offering training courses on driving in the Mainland. Applicants and/or drivers may consider enroling in these training courses according to their actual needs. Besides, the following organisations also provide information about self-drive in the Guangdong Province vide their websites:

Moreover, motorists should get hold of relevant information of traveling to and from their destinations, including maps, planned routes, and consider using global positioning system to facilitate driving, etc. If applicants or other persons joining the trip do not have previous self-driving experience in the Guangdong Province, they may consider inviting a few friends who have such experience to join in. It would be beneficial to have support among friends during the trip.

Before departure, applicants are advised to browse through the checklist at Appendix. Attention should be paid to the points to note before departure and documents to be carried on board the vehicle, so as to avoid missing out any of the required documents and personal belongings for the journey. In the Guangdong Province, motorists should always pay attention to the latest local traffic news.

Dial 110 for assistance of the local police in the unfortunate event of traffic incidents in the Guangdong Province. The applicant, vehicle and the driver/passengers concerned may be requested to remain in the Guangdong Province to assist the Mainland enforcement agencies with their investigation.

7.5 General enquiries

In case of emergency or when assistance is needed, call the following hotlines:

Within Hong Kong 

Name of Organisation Telephone No.
999 Emergency Call Centre 999
Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit, Immigration Department (24-hour hotline)                                             (852)1868           
Shenzhen Bay Port Police Reporting Centre 3154 6510
Transport Department Enquiry Hotline (non-emergency, 24-hour service) 2804 2600
1823 Call Centre (non-emergency, 24-hour service) 1823

Source: The Government of the HKSAR

Within Guangdong Province Name of Organisation Telephone No.
Police reporting centre 110
Fire services 119
Hospital first aid centre 120
Traffic Management Bureau of GDPSD:
 Enquiry on handling arrangement when the applicant / vehicle is unable to return to Hong Kong as scheduled due to emergency incidents and General enquiry

(8620) 3622 0804   or
(8620) 8311 1536

 

Economic and Trade Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Guangdong (GDETO)

(Address: Flat 7101, Citic Plaza, 233 Tian He North Road, Guangzhou; Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

(8620) 3891 1220 Ext. 608

Fax: (8620) 3877 0466

Source: Guangdong Public Security Department of Guangdong Province / Economic and Trade Office of the Government of the HKSAR in Guangdong