Common Traffic Offences
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b. Vehicle licences

No motor vehicle is allowed to be driven or used on a road unless it is registered and licensed.  Regulation 25 of the Road Traffic (Registration and Licensing of Vehicles) Regulations (Cap.374E of the Laws of Hong Kong) prescribe that “no motor vehicle shall be upon or used on any road unless a valid vehicle licence in respect of the vehicle is displayed”.  Persons contravening this regulation will be liable to a fine of $2,000 and imprisonment for 3 months upon a first conviction, and to a fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for 6 months upon the second or subsequent conviction.  By comparing this against the penalties for other offences in the same Regulations, most of which impose a fine of $2,000, one can easily see that the law takes a serious view of this offence.

  1. I forgot that the Vehicle Licence of my car had expired and I renewed it a few days later.  I left the car in my own parking lot and had not driven it in those few days.  Did I commit any offence?
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