What you should know about self-driving to Guangdong Province

What you should know about self-driving to Guangdong Province

Back in 2012, the Chinese and Hong Kong governments have launched the “Ad Hoc Quota Trial Scheme for Cross Boundary Private Car” to allow Hong Kong private car owners to drive their vehicles into the Guangdong Province via the Shenzhen Bay Port once for a stay of no more than seven days. However, the scheme was criticized for its complex application procedure and only received a lukewarm response. In light of this, the government has recently simplified the application process to encourage more people to self-drive to the Guangdong Province, and is considering lifting the six-week restriction between each trip.

Today, this Kwiksure article divulges some useful tips for drivers interested in self-driving to the Guangdong Province.

What is this scheme and who is eligible?

This scheme allows eligible Hong Kong private cars to enter the Guangdong Province via

the Shenzhen Bay Port once within the 5-day Quota Validity Period; and stay in the Guangdong Province for no more than 7 days (counted from the day of departure from Hong Kong) and must return to Hong Kong within these 7 days via the Shenzhen Bay Port.

Applicants shall be owners of a right-hand drive private car registered and licensed in Hong Kong. If the registered owner of the vehicle is a company, the company must be incorporated in Hong Kong and must authorize in writing one of its directors or staff members to act as the applicant. The applicant should be a Hong Kong resident holding a valid “Home Visit Permit”, and must be in the private car concerned when entering the Guangdong Province and returning to Hong Kong.

What’s the application procedure?

To apply for the ad hoc quota, applicants have to fulfill the above-mentioned requirements and go through the following three steps:

  1. Make your reservation for an ad hoc quota from the Transport Department

Applicants may reserve quotas via the government website or the reservation hotline 3901 0088. The quota start date available for reservation is any day within the period between the 5th and 8th week from the day the reservation is made. However, in the event of long Mainland holidays, the reservation period for certain quota start dates will be adjusted and details of relevant arrangements will be announced at the Transport Department's website.

It is worth noting that every applicant can only reserve one quota at a time, and as we’ve touched upon before if a quota has been reserved, the same applicant can only reserve the next one six weeks after.

In case that the applicant needs to change their itinerary, they can cancel their reservation within 5 days after the date of successful reservation. However, once the quota is canceled, the same vehicle owner has to wait for one week before reserving another quota.

  1. Apply for the quota and a Closed Road Permit (CRP) from the Transport Department

At this stage, applicants have not yet been assigned any quota and they will have to submit detailed information and other supporting documents to the Cross Boundary Unit of the TD (refer to Table 1) for applying for the quota within a 5-day application period from the date of quota reservation.

Since the roads leading to the Shenzhen Bay Port are designated as closed roads, car owners will have to apply for a Closed Road Permit (CRP) to use the road.

The application for ad hoc quota and CRP will be processed together. And if the Cross Boundary Unit of the TD does not receive the application by the application deadline, the reserved quota will be canceled automatically, and the vehicle owner concerned will only be able to reserve another quota two weeks after the application deadline.

Table 1: Supporting documents to the Cross Boundary Unit

Registered Vehicle Owner

Required Documents

Vehicles registered in the name of an individual

  • Copy of the Hong Kong motor vehicle third party risks insurance certificate


  • Declaration of the designated driver other than the applicant (if applicable; sample attached to the application form)


  • Copy of the applicant's Hong Kong Identity Card (applicable if the vehicle is registered using a passport)

Vehicles registered in the name of a company

  • Copy of the first page of the latest annual return of the company filed under the Companies Ordinance


  • Authorization letter issued by the company (sample attached to the application form)


  • Copy of the authorized person's Hong Kong Identity Card


  • Copy of the Hong Kong motor vehicle third party risks insurance certificate


  • Declaration of the designated driver other than the authorized person (if applicable; sample attached to the application form)

  1. Complete formalities required by the Mainland Government authorities

After getting the CRP, applicants will have to secure Mainland compulsory traffic accident liability insurance for motor vehicles for a period of at least 11 days, and bring along the relevant supporting documents to the designated entry permit service centres of China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Limited (CTS) to complete the formalities and make payments:

  • checking validity of Mainland compulsory traffic accident liability insurance

  • signing the application form for relevant permits printed by CTS for confirmation

  • receiving the "Approval Notice" and "Temporary-entry vehicle license plate and license" issued by the GDPSD

  • receiving the "Inspection and quarantine declaration card for temporary arrival/departure of car"

Furthermore, as required by the Mainland customs, applicants should apply for “ATA Carnet” at the Hong Kong General Chamber (HKGCC), where applicants need to pay the application fee and submit Proof of Guarantee. Meanwhile, they can also choose to request HKGCC to arrange for Import Pre-notification on their behalf with an additional fee. Applicants are advised to observe the requirements and fees of the Proof of Guarantee before submitting an application.

Insurance coverage in the Mainland

There is a big gap in the compensation limit between the Mainland compulsory traffic accident liability insurance and the Hong Kong motor vehicle third party risks insurance. The former only covers liability arising from property damage and bodily injury/death of third parties with a cap of around RMB 100,000, and does not cover any claims lodged by the third parties (victims) in Hong Kong for accidents taking place in the Mainland. On the other hand, the latter only covers car accidents occurred in Hong Kong.

Ensuring you are getting adequate coverage is crucial for your journey, and it is imperative that you compare different insurance plans before making any final purchasing decision. With over 19 years of experience, Kwiksure is an established insurance brokerage that is specialized in motor insurance and home insurance. Contact us today for impartial insurance advice, an obligation-free quote, and a plan comparison!

 

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