The first edition of the Road Users' Code was approved by the former Governor in Council and Legislative Council under section 109 of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374) in 1987 and the Code has since been updated from time to time.

The alterations of this edition have been approved by the Secretary for Transport and Housing under section 109 of the Road Traffic Ordinance and subsequently laid before the Legislative Council.

Road Users are reminded of the statement on the inside of the front cover.

The traffic signs, traffic light signals, road markings and signals illustrated in this book are prescribed by various Regulations or are authorised by the Commissioner for Transport.

For the precise wording of the law and representation of prescribed traffic signs/road markings and traffic light signals, the following Ordinances, Regulations and Bylaws should be referred to:

  • Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374)
  • Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulations (Cap. 374A)
  • Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations (Cap. 374B)
  • Road Traffic (Parking) Regulations (Cap. 374C)
  • Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations (Cap. 374D)
  • Road Traffic (Registration and Licensing of Vehicles) Regulations (Cap. 374E)
  • Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations (Cap. 374F)
  • Road Traffic (Traffic Control) Regulations (Cap. 374G)
  • Road Traffic (Village Vehicles) Regulations (Cap. 374N)
  • Road Traffic (Parking on Private Roads) Regulations (Cap. 374O)
  • Road Traffic (Expressway) Regulations (Cap. 374Q)
  • Road Traffic (Driving-offence Points) Ordinance (Cap. 375)
  • Fixed Penalty (Traffic Contraventions) Ordinance (Cap. 237) and Regulations (Cap. 237A)
  • Fixed Penalty (Criminal Proceedings) Ordinance (Cap. 240) and Regulations (Cap. 240A)
  • Motor Vehicles Insurance (Third Party Risks) Ordinance (Cap. 272) and Regulations (Cap. 272A)
  • Housing (Traffic) By-laws (Cap. 283A) and Housing (Traffic Contraventions) (Fixed Penalty) Bylaw (Cap. 283C)
  • Road Tunnels (Government) Ordinance (Cap. 368) and Regulations (Cap. 368A)
  • Discovery Bay Tunnel Link Ordinance (Cap. 520) , Regulation (Cap. 520A) and Bylaw (Cap. 520B)
  • Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road Ordinance (Cap. 474) , Regulation (Cap. 474B) and Bylaw (Cap. 474C)
  • Tsing Ma Control Area Ordinance (Cap. 498), Tsing Ma Control Area (Tolls, Fees and Charges) Regulation (Cap. 498A) and Tsing Ma Control Area (General) Regulation (Cap. 498B)
  • Tsing Sha Control Area Ordinance (Cap. 594), Tsing Sha Control Area (General) Regulation (Cap. 594A) and Tsing Sha Control Area (Tolls, Fees and Charges) Regulation (Cap. 594B)
  • Western Harbour Crossing Ordinance (Cap. 436) , Regulation (Cap. 436C) and Bylaw (Cap. 436D)
  • Tramway Ordinance (Cap. 107), Prevention of Nuisances and Regulation of Travelling Rules (Cap. 107A) and Tramway Regulations (Cap. 107B)
  • Public Bus Services Ordinance (Cap. 230) and Regulations (Cap. 230A)
  • Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Ordinance (Cap. 611) and Regulation (Cap. 611A)

Other Ordinances, Regulations and Bylaws not listed above may also contain laws applicable to road users.

For persons carrying out road and other works

All road works and works adjacent to the road create inconvenience and are a potential hazard to the safety of all road users and those carrying out the works. Rules and advice for persons responsible for carrying out works on the road can be found in the 'Code of Practice for the Lighting, Signing and Guarding of Road Works' published by the Highways Department.