Macau (MNA) – The Transport Bureau (DSAT) opened the quota bidding for the 600 cars allowed to drive on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) on Wednesday, according to a government release.
The last bid will be collected by the DSAT on 26 June, 5pm, with results decided on 29 June.
The quota will be split into 300 individual private car drivers and 300 company drivers, with licences to drive on the bridge valid for a year.
To meet the criteria for bidding, individual drivers must be Macau permanent residents, engage in paid work in Hong Kong and hold a driving licence from the Macau SAR as well as having a vehicle registered in Macau.
No more than two designated drivers are allowed for private applicants, with the applicant taking up one of the slots.
To qualify, company drivers must be from a Macau-registered company which hold 50 per cent or more shares in a Hong Kong-based company.
The driver must hold a Macau licence and drive a light vehicle registered in Macau.
Companies are allowed to nominate up to three designated drivers.
Similarly, Hong Kong’s Transport Bureau has also published its criteria for the 300 cars allowed to travel in the Region, for which 150 cars are allocated to individual drivers and 150 to drivers from companies.
As with Macau, drivers in the neighbouring city will need to be a Hong Kong permanent resident, be employed by a Macau company, and hold a Hong Kong driving licence.
However, Hong Kong holds a more flexible policy for company quotas – the firm must either be registered in Hong Kong or Macau, or registered in Hong Kong and associated with another company in Macau, without having to hold a 50 per cent stake or more.
Individuals in Hong Kong are only allowed to submit one application and companies are allowed to submit up to three.
Hong Kong’s licence will also be valid three years, as opposed to one.
According to a dispatch in the Official Gazette on Monday, the government has fixed a fee of MOP30,000 (US$ 3711.42) for those who wish to obtain a licence to cross the super bridge.
This is not the only fee that applicants will have to pay – in order to bid, a fee of MOP500 will be charged, while replacement of vehicles, licence plates or vehicle drivers will be charged MOP1,000.
(Updated to reflect the closing date of the lottery, as well as the day the lots are drawn. Also updated to reflect the number of nominated designated drivers under the system.)