(ACE Paper 42/2001)
A Member has asked about the provision of LPG filling facilities to cater for the need of LPG taxis. This note reports the present position.
2. To improve Hong Kong's air quality, one of the measures Government is implementing is to replace diesel taxis with environmentally cleaner LPG models. To support the LPG taxi programme, Government lets out government sites for development as dedicated LPG filling stations at nil land premium, and provides incentives in the form of land lease/tenancy extensions at nominal/nil premium to operators of existing petrol filling stations (PFSs) who agree to retrofit their PFSs with LPG filling facilities
3. The number of LPG filling facilities have increased from four to 15 up to now, and at least 27 more filling facilities will open around the end of this year by when there will be adequate LPG filling capacity for the entire fleet of 18 000 taxis. Nine of these facilities are located on Hong Kong Island, 10 in Kowloon and 23 in the New Territories and on Lantau.
4. To provide further convenience to LPG taxi drivers, Government has also recently let out tenders for three more dedicated LPG stations for completion around the middle of next year.
5. As at end October 2001, over 13,000 (or over 70%) of the diesel taxis have been replaced by LPG models.
Environment and Food Bureau