Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Points-to-Note
Chapter 3 Application Procedures
Chapter 4 Advice to Motorists
Chapter 5 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Chapter 1 Introduction

In order to attract more local people to visit South Lantau with a view to promoting tourism and local economy, the Transport Department (TD) introduces the "Driving on Lantau Island" scheme to enable members of the public to drive their own private cars on weekdays where the traffic is not heavy via the closed roads on Lantau Island to visit places like Ngong Ping, Tai O, Cheung Sha and Mui Wo for leisure and recreational purposes. The main features of the scheme are as follows:

This guide provides information on the points-to-note, application procedures, advice to motorists and frequently asked questions in respect of the "Driving on Lantau Island" scheme.

 

Chapter 2 Points-to-Note

If you intend to take part in the "Driving on Lantau Island" scheme and apply for a Lantau Closed Road Permit (LCRP) to go to South Lantau, please read the following carefully:

Eligibility of vehicles

Eligibility of applicants

Eligibility of drivers

Other notes for attention

Conditions of the LCRP

 

Chapter 3 Application Procedures

Please use the following link to proceed to the GovHK in order to enter the online application system. After entering the system, you may first check the quota availability, and apply for a Lantau Closed Road Permit (LCRP) through this online system. The fee for an LCRP is HK$75. After you have input the required information and paid the fee, you will be notified of the application result and the method of collecting the LCRP immediately.

Online Application for the LCRP (The time that application will be accepted: starting from 7.00 am on 17 February 2016)

 

Chapter 4 Advice to Motorists

Before going to South Lantau, please read carefully "Driving on Lantau Island - Points to note for motorists".

Download "Driving on Lantau Island ─ Points to note for motorists" (PDF Format)-Printable Version

 

Chapter 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is "Driving on Lantau Island"?

In order to attract more local people to visit South Lantau with a view to promoting tourism and local economy, the Transport Department (TD) introduces the "Driving on Lantau Island" scheme to enable members of the public to drive their own private cars on weekdays where the traffic is not heavy via the closed roads on Lantau Island to visit places like Ngong Ping, Tai O, Cheung Sha and Mui Wo for leisure and recreational purposes. The main features of the scheme are as follows:

  • Up to 25 private cars are allowed to enter the closed roads on Lantau Island each day, of which five places in the quota are reserved for electric vehicles to promote environmental protection.

  • The places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

  • Each private car will only be allocated one place each month.

  • Application for a place in the quota and Lantau Closed Road Permit (LCRP) should be made through the online system of the TD, and the permit fee should be paid online.

  • The time period that the private cars are permitted to drive on the Lantau closed roads is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

 

Q2. What are the conditions for applying for the LCRP and what are the points to note?

Please read Chapter 2 Points-to-Note.
 
Q3. How to apply for and collect the LCRP?

An applicant should make use of the government online system (http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/transport/roadandtraffic/lantaupermit.htm) (The time that application will be accepted: starting from 7.00 am on 17 February 2016) to submit his application. He should provide his particulars, details of the private car and select the date he intends to go to South Lantau and pay the permit fee ($75) by PPS or credit cards via the online payment system.

In general, an applicant may apply to enter South Lantau on Monday to Friday (except public holidays) within one month, while the earliest day of entry is the third working day after the day he submits the application. If the places of a particular day have been fully allocated, an applicant may have to select another day.

Example: An applicant may make an online application on 23 February 2016 for entering South Lantau on Monday to Friday (except public holidays) from 26 February 2016 to 23 March 2016.

(Note: The above is the days available for application in general. According to the 'Driving on Lantau Island' scheme, the earliest date for access to South Lantau is 26 February 2016.)

After submitting application and making payment online, the application result will be displayed instantly online notifying the applicant of the result.

For an LCRP application that is made less than five working days before the day of entry to South Lantau (e.g. an application made on or after 19 February 2016 for access to South Lantau on 26 February 2016), the applicant or his authorised person must collect the LCRP in person at the New Territories Regional Office of the TD at 7/F, Mong Kok Government Offices, Luen Wan Street, Kowloon.

For an LCRP application made five working days or more before the date of entry to South Lantau (e.g. an application made on or before 18 February 2016 for access to South Lantau on 26 February 2016), the TD will send the LCRP to the applicant by surface mail.

 

Q4. Can an applicant make use of the same private car to enter South Lantau for leisure and recreational purposes several times in a month?

No. In order to enable more members of the public to enjoy the scheme, the TD permits each private car to participate in the scheme only once a month.

 

Q5. Is the LCRP transferable?

No.

 

Q6. After an application for the LCRP is approved, can the vehicle particulars provided during the application process and the effective date of the LCRP be changed?

No.

 

Q7. What is the application fee? Will the fee paid be refunded to the applicant if the applicant gives up the LCRP that has been issued?

An applicant applying for an LCRP must pay a permit fee of HK$75. If an LCRP has been issued, the fee paid will not be refunded even if the applicant subsequently gives up collecting the LCRP or not using the LCRP concerned.

 

Q8. Before departing for South Lantau, are there any other formalities required after an LCRP is received by the applicant?

No. The applicant however is required to read carefully the pamphlet 'Driving on Lantau Island - Points to note for Motorists' distributed along with the LCRP and plan his journey in advance.

 

Q9. How can an applicant find out if the application is successful or not?

After an applicant has submitted an application and made payment via the online application system, the application result and details of collecting the LCRP will be displayed on screen instantly. The applicant will also receive an email generated by the system, notifying him of the application result and details of collecting the LCRP.

 

Q10. Under this scheme, is it a must for an LCRP applicant to be the driver or the owner of the vehicle?

It is not a must for the applicant of an LCRP to be the driver or the owner. However, if the applicant is not the owner of the vehicle, prior consent from the owner of the vehicle must be obtained before applying for the LCRP.

 

Q11. If I am unfortunately involved in an accident in South Lantau, can I seek assistance from towing companies I choose?

Unless the towing vehicles of the towing companies you choose have already obtained the LCRP, such vehicles are not allowed to enter the closed road area in South Lantau.

 

Q12. My light goods vehicle is usually used as my private car. Can I apply for the LCRP in respect of my light goods vehicle?

No. The "Driving on Lantau Island" scheme is only applicable to private cars.

 

Q13. I find that all the available places to go to South Lantau are allocated. When will new places be released?

Applicants of the "Driving on Lantau Island" Scheme can choose a weekday (from Monday to Friday (except public holidays)) in the coming month to drive their private cars to South Lantau. New places will be released at 7:00 a.m. on the days one month before the available entry dates, except for the two following situations:

- When the number of days in the current month is less than that in the next month
e.g. at 7 a.m. on 29 February 2016, places for 29 March, 30 March and 31 March 2016 will be available for application.

- When the number of days in the current month is more than that in the next month
e.g. at 7 a.m. on 31 May 2016, no new places will be available for application.