Macau | HZMB driving quota “non-renewable,” 55.5 times pricier than Hong Kong

The Transport Bureau will recover the MOP30,000 one-year licence quotas attributed to drive in the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge for reallocation every year, while Hong Kong is allowing drivers to keep quotas for three years at the much lower price of HK$540 per year

Macau (MNA) – The Transport Bureau (DSAT) will recover the one-year licence quota attributed to drive on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) for reallocation every year after termination of the one-year period.

“Quotas are non-renewable,” a DSAT spokesperson told Macau News Agency (MNA) on the phone on Thursday, after also clarifying yesterday that quotas are non-transferable.

The Bureau posted the updated details about the application procedures to enter the draw in order to obtain a licence on its website today.

This announces that an individual or company which wins the right to drive on the bridge this June 29 – by quota attribution via computerised lottery – will have to re-apply next year using the same lottery system, which does not guarantee success.

Moreover, if the quota price remains at MOP30,000 (US$3,710) for a total of 600 – information that was not confirmed by the DSAT – and the Bureau succeeds in attracting the interest of 600 Macau residents with job links in Hong Kong, be they private car owners or companies, the Macau SAR Government will collect some MOP18 million every year from the scheme.

With a total of 300 quotas to be attributed at the modest price of HK$540 per year, the Hong Kong Transport Department will raise HK$162,000 from the same scheme every year for at least three years, the time cap for the first batch of quota holders in the neighbouring city.

After the three years they will be re-allocated by the same Transport Department through open application.

The application period for the 300 quotas to be allocated to Hong Kong – 150 each for private cars and companies – is currently closed. The Transport Department has received 911 individual quota applications from private car owners plus 776 quota applications from companies.