Hong Kong - Driving Tips
First, the police in Hong Kong are honest and do their job well, so make sure you know the rules of the road or they will fine you. Buy a “Road Users Code” book at the Transportation department to make sure you know the rules.
By the time you’re getting ready to drive, you’ll have noticed that cars drive on the left side of the road. This may be different from what you’re used to, so be careful as you make turns!
You can’t stop at double yellow lines. Single yellow lines will indicate that there are certain hours that you can’t stop, so be looking for a sign that tells you what those hours are.
It is the law to wear a seatbelt at all times in the car.
It is against the law to talk on a hand held mobile phone while driving.
If there are yellow stripes in an intersection or part of the road, then you are not allowed to stop there. Do not enter a yellow striped area unless you can drive through it (so don’t get stuck behind a non moving car and have your car parked in the intersection.)
The speed limit in Hong Kong is 50km/h. The police sometimes set up speed traps where they will catch you speeding at one point and radio ahead to their friends a few blocks down to pull you over and give you a ticket.
Speeding tickets are very common in Hong Kong as the local police have cleverly laid speed traps around town. When you speed you will be given a set fine in accordance with how far over the limit you are.You will also get points put on your driver’s license. If you accumulate too many points, your license will be suspended.
The police will give you a ticket and you will mail in the appropriate amount. You do not have to pay the policeman on the spot. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BRIBE A POLICEMAN. Fines are very black and white here and if you’re speeding, you get a fine.