2nd December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Traffic Enforcement and Control Unit of the West Kowloon District was on duty in the Kowloon City area when they encountered a vintage Nissan Skyline GT-R driving in the wrong direction at around 11pm last night (1st). Taking immediate action, the officers intercepted the vehicle at 14 Victory Avenue, Ho Man Tin, and arrested the driver on charges of “dangerous driving.” The car was subsequently impounded for further investigation.
At the scene, it was observed that the GT-R had a licence plate consisting of nine digits and letters. According to sources, the vehicle is registered as a classic car. Interestingly, a post on the popular social media platform Xiaohongshu was made yesterday (1st), showcasing several GT-R vehicles. The post, titled “GT-R Hong Kong Gathering,” featured photos of the GT-R involved in the incident, as well as other GT-Rs, car convoys, and group pictures.
It is possible that these vehicles have been exempted from displaying a licence plate by the Hong Kong Transport Department. There are three channels through which vintage cars can be driven legally in Hong Kong. The first option is to apply for a movement permit specifically for classic cars. The applicant must be the vehicle owner, and the car must be at least 20 years old. It can only be driven for transportation between designated locations or for participating in events organized by approved organizations. The permit is non-transferable, and the vehicle can be driven for a maximum of 12 days within the permit’s 12-month validity period. The permit must be displayed on the front windscreen’s left-hand side. Another option is to register the car through regular procedures, which involves obtaining a license plate. This requires vehicle testing at the Government Vehicle Testing Centre, tax assessment at the Customs and Excise Department, and the purchase of third-party car insurance. However, this option is less popular due to the associated taxes and high insurance premiums.