Hong Kong ERP Pilot Scheme
The Government announced its intention to introduce an ERP system in the territory to tackle road congestion problem in the urban area and commissioned a study to design and conduct a pilot scheme in Central. The study concluded that ERP for tackling road traffic congestion was feasible on technical, administrative and legal grounds.
Feasibility Study on ERP
There was a sharp increase in the number of private vehicles in the early 1990s, which prompted the community’s discussion on how to control car growth and address traffic congestion. The Government commissioned a feasibility study with objectives of examining the practicability of implementing an ERP system in Hong Kong and assessing the need for such a system to meet transport objectives.
Feasibility Study on Congestion Charging Transport Model
ERP scheme was preferred to be implemented in the commercial areas on Hong Kong Island after provision of a free-of-charge alternative route for motorists to bypass the charging area.
Study of Road Traffic Congestion in Hong Kong
The Traffic Advisory Committee (“TAC”) recommended to start planning for ERP pilot scheme in Central District to alleviate the localised road traffic congestion and to maximise the efficiency of available road space therein.
ERP Pilot Scheme in Central and its Adjacent Areas – Public Engagement
The Government took forward TAC’s recommendation by launching a three-month public engagement exercise for the planning of the pilot scheme in Central and its adjacent areas to enhance public understanding of the basic elements, pertinent issues and overseas experiences of ERP. The exercise aimed at encouraging public discussion and building consensus in the community.
ERP Pilot Scheme in Central and its Adjacent Areas – Feasibility Study
The Government commenced an in-depth feasibility study on the pilot scheme in Central and its adjacent areas. The feasibility study includes carrying out a detailed analysis of the views collected during the public engagement activities in 2015, as well as formulating specific proposals for the pilot scheme with reference to the latest traffic data, overseas experiences and previous ERP study results for stakeholder consultation.