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A long process - My work on SHM

 

Thank you for your overwhelming support since I posted on my fb yesterday our success in getting the Special Helping Measures (SHM) for the DB - Central route.

 

I met Legco members on 8 May 2014 and raised the issue of SHM. Please see paragraph 3 of the minutes by clinking the following hyperlink. The meeting was chaired by Ben Chan. I don't have a clue why I was excluded from his report and subsequent meeting with Senior Transport Department Officers.

 

 

Minutes of LegCo Members' Meeting with IDC on Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 10:45am in Conference Room 1 of the Legislative Council Complex

 

Anyway, my work is listed below is for your information. Sorry that the list is a bit long.

 

Proposal on Special Helping Measures for All Ferry Routes and Kaito Routes other than 6 Outlying Islands Ferry Routes

 

Dates

Meeting

Agenda Items

Proposed by

Highlights

Relevant Paragraphs of Minutes of the Meetings

24 June 2013

Islands District Council

Transport Department Traffic and Transport Working Plan 2013-2014 (Paper IDC 54/2013)

 

(English available)

 

Transport Department

  • The Special Helping Measures were applicable to 6 major outlying island ferry routes, involving $191 million.
  • Ms  Amy YUNG questioned why the Government did not provide the measures to "Discovery Bay - Central" ferry route.
  • The Transport Deportment did not respond.

Paragraphs 111 and 125

(Chinese only)

17 March 2014

Traffic and Transport Committee

Question on proposal to Transport and Housing Bureau on providing subsidy to all local ferry and kaito operators (Paper T&TC 14/2014)

(English available)

Ms Amy YUNG

  • Ms Amy YUNG asked whether the Transport and Housing Bureau would consider striving at the Legislative Council to extend the subsidy measures to all local ferry and kaito routes, and to discuss the long-term ferry and kaito policies with the Islands District Council.
  • The Bureau did not send any delegates to the meeting.
  • Many members concurred.

Paragraphs 65-79

(Chinese only)

18 April 2016

Islands District Council

Mid-term review for ferry services of the current licence period (Paper IDC 37/2016)

(English available)

 

Transport Department

  • Ms Amy YUNG urged the Government to provide subsidy to "Discovery Bay - Central" ferry route under the Special Helping Measures as well as establish the oil stabilization fund.
  • The Government representative said they would review the need to expand the Special Helping Measures, including "Discovery Bay - Central" ferry route, while rejecting the proposal on oil stabilization fund.

Paragraphs 40-42

(English available)

Question on licence renewal for outlying islands ferry services and improvement of ferry service (Paper IDC 42/2016)

(Chinese only)

Ms LEE Kwai-chun

21 November 2016

Traffic and Transport Committee

Special Helping Measures for six major outlying island ferry routes for the next three-year licence period 2017-20 (Paper T&TC 72/2016)

(English available)

 

Transport Department

  • The paper mentioned that the Transport Department would consider extending the Special Helping Measures to the eight other outlying island ferry routes.
  • Ms Amy YUNG hoped the Department would proactively consider including "Discovery Bay - Central" ferry route in the measures.
  • The Government would study in depth.

Paragraphs 35 and 45

(English available)

20 March 2017

Traffic and Transport Committee

Question on ferry services for outlying islands and improving ancillary facilities for public transport as mentioned in the Policy Address 2017 (Paper T&TC 24/2017)

(Chinese only)

Ms Amy YUNG

  • Ms Amy YUNG asked whether the Special Helping Measures mentioned in the Policy Address would be applicable to other ferry and kaito routes like "Discovery Bay - Central" ferry route.

 

Paragraphs 112-121

(English available)

26 June 2017

Islands District Council

Visit of the Commissioner for Transport to Islands District Council

N/A

  • Ms Amy YUNG asked whether the Special Helping Measures would be applicable to other ferry routes, including "Discovery Bay - Central" ferry route.
  • The Commissioner said the Department would review.

Paragraphs 10 and 12

(English available)

18 March 2019

Traffic and Transport Committee

Question on special helping measures for outlying island ferry routes (Paper T&TC 22/2019)

(English available)

 

Ms Amy YUNG

  • Ms Amy YUNG asked Are the SHM provided by Transport and Housing Bureau and Transport Department and the study on the Government owning a ferry fleet applicable to ferry routes and kaito service, including "Discovery Bay - Central" ferry route.
  • The review was on progress. The consultation would be conducted in the Legislative Council and the Islands District Council in due course.

Paragraphs 135-143

(Chinese only)

24 June 2019

Islands District Council

Transport Department Traffic and Transport Working Plan 2019-2020 (Paper IDC 52/2019)

(English available)

Transport Department

  • Ms Amy YUNG asked whether the Special Helping Measures would be also applicable to other 8 outlying island ferry routes.
  • The answer: to be announced.

Paragraphs 119 and 122

(Chinese only)

 

 

7.0 AOB

FC asked about the progress of the subsidized ferry services. CKC* updated members that the Transport and Housing Bureau had planned to meet in May but this was postponed with no clear timeline. Unfortunately, a reliable source of news revealed that the coming review would exclude Discovery Bay from the next scheme. The possible consequences were 1) significant increase in ferry fares, or 2) reduce ferry schedules or 3) reconsider the ferry license renewal.

 

AY confirmed that the Transport Department had not finished their review and therefore there was hope. The current political situation and the upcoming policy address could result in a lot of hand-outs and AY suggested joining other ferry companies to fight for the subsidy.

 

*Please note that CKC is HKR's representative Mr Vincent Chua.

 

I then attended the meeting on 18 September with TD officials and raised the points I stated in my previous email. The SHM was later included in the CE's Policy Address.

 

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