Temporary visitors can drive in Hong Kong with their domestic driving permit and International driver license for a period not exceeding 12 months. If overseas driving license holders are planning to stay in Hong Kong longer than one year, they must get a Hong Kong driving license. If foreign visitor holds a driver license from country which the Hong Kong Transport Department recognizes, he/she doesn’t need to pass a driving test for getting the Hong Kong driving license.
The main Hong Kong road traffic rules are:
- All drivers must have third party insurance.
- A valid vehicle license must be on the left side of the windscreen.
- While driving, using cell phones without hands-free system is prohibited.
- Traffic in Hong Kong flows on the left side of the road; overtake on the right side.
- Children under the age of 15 years must be securely fastened in an approved child restraint suitable for their age and size.
- Worded signs are written on two languages, English usually above Chinese. Signs with numbers (distances, speed limits, number of routes, parking time limits) are written on European digits.
- The minimum driving age is: for cycle, private car, and light goods vehicle, 18 years; for commercial vehicles, 21 years.
- Night driving is easy and safe in all urban areas; all streets, from main highways to residential areas, have good lighting.
- Speed limits are: on urban areas, 50 km/h or 70 km/h unless road signs show otherwise; in residential areas, 30 km/h.
- Driver and all passengers must wear seatbelts; motorcyclists must wear helmets.
- Vehicles which enter from minor roads must give way to traffic on main roads.
- The established alcohol limit for drivers is: 22mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath; 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood; 67mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine.
- Vehicles turning right must give way to oncoming traffic.
- Vehicles over 6 years old must pass an annual Roadworthiness Test.
Hong Kong drivers must to pay an annual vehicle license fee according to engine size. For renewing a vehicle license, its owner must show the proof of identity and third party insurance, original car registration document and its roadworthiness certificate, and an appropriate fee.
Driving Overseas - Short Information
Major Hong Kong roads are classified into three categories: North-South and East-West routes, and New Territories Ring Road.
A driver with more than 15 points in a two-year period may be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving license for three months. For any following conviction, this term increases to six month.