A private car with a Shanghai license plate has been spotted in Hong Kong, sparking calls for tighter border control.
The Transport Department has asked the police to investigate after multiple photos of the vehicle emerged on Facebook last week, news website hk01.com reports.
The black Audi salon car drove around Hong Kong, apparently without being stopped by a policeman, according to the report.
Some netizens said they spotted the car in different places including Tuen Mun, Sham Shui Po and Sha Tin.
They lashed out at how the police could allow its driver to go around Hong Kong illegally.
Only certain mainland vehicles belonging to the mainland government, departments directly under mainland authorities and some enterprise units are allowed to operate in Hong Kong.
They are required to have plate numbers beginning with FU or FV.
The Transport Department said drivers of cross-boundary mainland vehicles must obtain Closed Road Permits and International Circulation Permits before they can take the vehicles to Hong Kong roads.
It said it has not received any such applications for the car in question.
Under the Road Traffic Ordinance, any person who fails to get the required permits is liable to a fine of HK$5,000 (US$644) and imprisonment for three months on first conviction, according to Apple Daily.
Subsequent convictions carry a HK$10,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment.
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