Approximately 300 demonstrators protested in Hong Kong today, marching from Causeway Bay to the government headquarters in Tamar, against a new policy that would allow mainland drivers access to Hong Kong roads.
Under the plan, 50 mainland cars would be allowed each day into the territory starting March, and the daily quota gradually raised.
Critics of the proposal argue that the new plan would not only exacerbate pollution and congestion in the city, but also prove to be a safety hazard.
Earlier, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng cited statistics to show that mainland cars were no safety menace.
Hong Kong-registered right-hand drive cars were five times as likely to be involved in an accident than left-hand drive cars from the mainland, she said, pointing to statistics collected by the transport authority over the last five years.
The demonstration is the latest in a series of events that have stoked tensions between Hong Kongers and mainlanders.
Widespread protests held early this year by Hong Kong residents against birth tourists from the mainland have led the government to dramatically cut down on the quota of hospital beds allotted to non-locals.
In the first case of its kind, a maternity agent providing services to mainland mothers-to-be who want to deliver in the territory was sentenced to jail by a Hong Kong court last week.
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