Common Traffic Offences
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d. Driving an overloaded vehicle

The offence of dangerous driving may not be limited to the manner of driving.  According to section 37(5) of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap.374 of the Laws of Hong Kong), a person “is also to be regarded as driving dangerously…if it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving the motor vehicle concerned in its current state would be dangerous”.  That is to say, driving a vehicle that is obviously unsuitable to be used on the road could amount to dangerous driving.  For example, the Court has held in a number of cases that driving an overloaded vehicle in certain circumstances constitutes dangerous driving.

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