Unusual scene unfolds as seven men exit van, captured on car dashcam footage

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25th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) In a recently surfaced 20-second video clip, filmed yesterday at around 5pm, an intriguing incident involving a van has caught the attention of netizens. The footage shows a cargo van parked on the side of Pin Shek Estate near Clearwater Bay Road in Ngau Chi Wan. The male driver approaches the rear of the vehicle, opens the tailgate, and to everyone’s surprise, seven burly men step out of the van, one by one. The individuals appear calm and composed, but they cautiously scan their surroundings as they disembark. Notably, one of them seems to hand over some items to the driver. However, the clip does not capture the van in motion on the road.

The incident swiftly became a topic of discussion among online users, with some humorously comparing it to a magic trick, asking, “How did so many people manage to come out like that?” However, some netizens speculated that the men in the footage might be construction workers facing transportation difficulties. They sympathetically remarked that these labourers, who often work in remote areas without proper transportation options after finishing their shifts, had to resort to riding in unlicensed vehicles. They expressed their frustration, saying, “It’s hard to find a way home after work in such far-flung places without buses or taxis. Let’s not make things difficult for them.” However, there were also netizens who considered this act illegal and called for law enforcement, emphasising the importance of insurance coverage and the value of human life.

According to the relevant regulations outlined in the Road Traffic Ordinance, unless authorized by a relevant licence, it is illegal for anyone to drive, allow others to drive, or use a motor vehicle for hire or reward purposes. A first-time conviction can result in a fine of HK$5,000 and a prison sentence of three months. Subsequent offences may lead to a penalty of HK$10,000 and a six-month imprisonment.

Furthermore, under the Motor Vehicles Insurance (Third Party Risks) Ordinance, it is mandatory for vehicle owners to purchase third-party liability insurance for their cars. Failure to comply with this requirement is a violation of the law and can result in a maximum penalty of HK$ 10,000, imprisonment for up to 12 months, and a license suspension ranging from 12 months to three years, along with vehicle impoundment and license revocation.