Macau (MNA) – The Macau Community Development Initiative, a local association, has decided to go ahead with its protest slated for June 16, now refocused on the question of long-term effective solutions for numerous traffic issues in Macau rather than the drastic increase in traffic offence fines proposed but now withdrawn by the Transport Bureau (DSAT).
“Although the public consultation on this controversial traffic law revision is being put aside, we are not cancelling this march at all because the city has many traffic issues that need to be dealt with immediately,” said the legislator and president of the association, Ng Kwok Cheong.
On June 16 the protest will focus on topics such as vehicle control measures, the acute shortage of parking spaces, as well as the scheme for mutual recognition of driving licences involving Mainland China and Macau.
The law proposal has triggered a heated debate in the city mainly due to the fact that it suggested doubling fines for illegal parking from MOP300 to MOP600. In response to public pressure the DSAT decided to withdraw public consultation on the revision of the road traffic law, originally scheduled to take place from June 26 to August 26.
The protest will take place at 3:00pm on Saturday, departing from Vasco da Gama Garden and ending at Nam Van Lakes. The organisers are encouraging participants to wear black tops as a sign of their outrage over chronic traffic issues.