Speeding is a serious traffic offence and is one of the major causes of traffic accidents in Hong Kong. In the past few years, an average of 185,000 fixed penalty tickets for speeding were issued annually. Drivers who break speed limits not just put their own safety at risk but also pose threats to other road users. In view of this, the Government has taken a comprehensive approach to tackle the problem and to enhance road safety. Measures being implemented include:

Stepped-up enforcement

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Whilst the Speed Enforcement Camera Systems will be expanded to cover more expressways for stepped-up enforcement action, adequate advance warning signs will at the same time be erected to alert motorists of the presence of such systems.

Heavier penalty for excessive speeding

With effect from 1 January 2001, the fixed penalties and the corresponding driving-offence points for speeding offences will be revised as follows to provide a stronger deterrent effect:

Speeding Offences in Excess of Speed Limit by Fixed Penalty Driving-offence Points
15 km/h or less $320 0
More than 15 km/h but less than or equal to 30 km/h $450 3
More than 30 km/h but less than or equal to 45 km/h $600
(Before revision: $450)
5
More than 45 km/h* $1,000
(Before revision: $450)
10
(Before revision: 8)

* Upon conviction, the driver shall be disqualified for driving for a period of not less than 6 months, unless the court or magistrate for special reasons orders otherwise.

Review of existing speed limit on roads

Regular speed limit reviews will be carried out to ensure that the prevailing speed limit of a road section is at the optimum level having regard to safety and engineering considerations.

Sign arrangements

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1. Larger and simpler speed limit signs have been used to improve their readability. 2. New speed limit reduction warning signs have been erected at about 100 m ahead of road sections where there is a speed limit reduction of 20 km/h or more.
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3. Transverse yellow bar markings and/or the traffic sign "REDUCE SPEED NOW" have been placed on all exits of expressways and approaches to tunnel toll booths to remind motorists to reduce speed in good time.

For your own safety and the safety of other road users, observe speed limits.