PELB(E) 55/01/120(98) Pt.17

Tel: 2848 2981

Fax: 2234 9106

28 September 1999
Legislative Council Secretariat
Clerk to Panel
Legislative Council Building
8 Jackson Road
Hong Kong

Attn.: Mr Andy Lau

Dear Mr Lau,

LegCo Panels on Environmental Affairs and
Follow-up to joint meeting on 6 July 1999

Thank you for your letter of 19 July 1999 on the follow-up enquiries from Hon Chan Wing-chan. our comments are as follows:

  1. All existing vehicle workshops can continue to provide regular services such as replacement of tyres, air filters, lubricants and brakes to all vehicles, including LPG ones. Restrictions are only applied to repair and maintenance works related to the fuel system of LPG vehicles. Any vehicle workshops which wish to work on the fuel system of LPG vehicles, will need to comply with the requirements under the Gas Safety Ordinance and obtain approval from the Gas Authority (i.e. Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services). Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) has prepared relevant guidelines and widely explained their requirements to the trade. A copy of the requirements is Annexed. The basic criteria are good ventilation (usually by mechanical means) and provision of a gas detection system. These are not technically difficult to comply with. So far, EMSD has approved 2 applications and is processing seven cases for that purpose. As existing vehicle workshops will continue to provide repair and maintenance service to all types of vehicles and all those parts of LPG vehicles which are unrelated to the fuel system (brakes, steering, tyres, interior-fittings, bodywork etc), significant impact on small scale vehicle workshops as a result of the LPG taxi scheme is not anticipated.

  2. The decision of individual workshops on whether or not to provide service for the fuel system of LPG vehicles is a commercial decision. There is no intention to provide subsidies to small workshops for the purpose of the LPG taxi scheme.

  3. As mentioned in (1), there is little reason to expect that the LPG taxi scheme will have significant adverse impact on the trade.
Yours sincerely

(Miss Agnes Kwan)
for Secretary for Planning, Environment
and Lands

c.c. DEP (Attn.: Mr C W Tse)
DEMS(Attn.: Mr S Y Wong)