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40 delivery staffers caught skipping Metro scans

METRO police have caught 40 delivery company employees who avoided security checks by passing goods over turnstiles since late March.

The delivery workers received penalties like fines and their companies got warnings from the police.

"Those frequent offenders will face severe punishment," a Metro police spokesman said.

But so far no delivery man or woman has been detained, Metro police said.

The security flaw came to the surface when many were found carrying packages onto the subways, with co-workers waiting at stations to take delivery without being checked.

City delivery companies are being asked to sign agreements with police and subway management to have all goods checked by X-ray machines along the city's 11 subway lines.

Officers said 26 local delivery companies have signed agreements with Metro authorities. They said they would continue combing through Metro stations to investigate into other companies which are also frequent Metro users.

"The situation here is getting much better," a security staff member based at the station said yesterday.

Police said delivery staff and their companies will be fined if the delivered goods are found to be banned objects like chemical products.

Police said they have confiscated more than 3,000 forbidden items since April 15 when the scanners covered all 200-plus subway stations.

More than 2,000 armed police officers, volunteers and community workers have been based at subway stations in connection with the Expo.


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