Q2. Mr. P, had a heated quarrel with his wife while driving along Queen’s Road Central. He became so agitated that he stopped the vehicle in the middle of the road and just left the scene (and also his poor wife alone in the vehicle). What he had in his mind was: I don’t care; I don’t mind being given a parking ticket; after all, it costs only a few hundred dollars.
What Mr. P has done could amount to the more serious offence of leaving a vehicle in dangerous position under regulation 9 of the Road Traffic (Parking) Regulations (Cap.374C of the Laws of Hong Kong), which provides that “Any person who causes or permits a vehicle to remain at rest on a road in such a position or in such condition or in such circumstances as to be likely to cause danger to other persons using the road commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $2,000”. The police are also empowered under section 103 of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong) “to remove or cause to be removed, and where necessary may provide for the safe custody of, any vehicle which…remains at rest on a road in such conditions or in such circumstances as to be likely to cause danger to other persons using the road or to interfere with the use of the road”. The costs of such removal and custody are of course to be borne by Mr. P.