Subcommittee on Air Pollution Control Regulation,
We, the people of Hong Kong, are a resilient people. We work and study hard to make a brighter future not only for ourselves, but also for our inter-connected communities in this region. This has sometimes led us to accommodate more than is wise, and in the case of our air quality, it is most apparent.
There is ample evidence from pure anecdotal views of long-time residents, from investigation results of university scientists and researchers (like Prof. Hedley, creator of the Hedley Index for Air Pollution, who left HK because of the bad air quality), from news reports, from NGOs local & international, and it all points to the rather clear picture that:
- our air quality objectives are needing an upgrade (which we are pleased to hear will be happening in 2014);
- given the predominantly local source of our air pollution being the old diesel vehicles, we need to replace them as fast as possible.
As a result, we urge the government to press on with their ORIGINAL timeline for the phasing out of the polluting vehicles (“pre-Euro IV” level of vehicles) such as:
- pre-Euro & Euro I: phase out by 1st Jan, 2016
- Euro II: phase out by 1st Jan, 2017
- Euro III: phase out by 1st Jan, 2019
We also urge the government to not give in to the pressures to extend the phase out deadlines for Euro I, II and III by a year, as the transport lobbyists have encouraged.