Common Traffic Offences
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4. Related to speed limits

Again, it is probably superfluous to emphasize that a driver must drive within the relevant speed limit, which is 50 km/hour on any road except where otherwise specified.

While section 41 of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong) provides that the offence of speeding be subject to a penalty of $4,000, the offence is in most cases dealt with under the Fixed Penalty System, except where the extent of the excess speed would lead to a different monetary penalty:

  • $320: speeding of up to 15 km/hour over the speed limit;
  • $450: speeding of more than 15 km/hour but not more than 30 km/hour over the speed limit;
  • $600: speeding of more than 30 km/hour but not more than 45 km/hour over the speed limit; and
  • $1,000: speeding of more than 45 km/hour over the speed limit.

Drivers should note that for speeding of more than 45 km/hour, the driver will face not just fiscal penalty, but also disqualification for at least 6 months unless there is a special reason (section 41 of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong))

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