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Police alert amid rise in tunnel violations

After complaints about an increasing number of trucks, bikers and e-bikers illegally using the city’s under-river tunnels in recent months, police have stepped up their crackdown.

Pudong police said yesterday that they had been cooperating with police on the other side of the Huangpu River to make the crackdown more efficient, and the first results were encouraging.

At Dapu Road Tunnel, which links southern Huangpu District to Pudong, only trucks with a maximum load of 5 tons and those possessing legal passes are allowed to use it throughout the day, while other trucks can only use it from 8pm to 7am the next day.

Gu Yeqing, an official with the No. 2 mobile team of Pudong police, said the purpose of the restrictions on trucks that use the tunnel was to smooth traffic for motorists as there were a large number of residents around the mouth of the tunnel in Pudong which is adjacent to the Shangnan and Sanlin areas.

Gu said that with local economic activities reviving in the past month, violations of traffic rules in the tunnel by trucks had risen to about eight or nine a day. But after the crackdown the number of offenses discovered had been cut to one or two a day.

“As enforcement of traffic rules inside the tunnel comes under our colleagues in Huangpu District, we cooperate with them in the crackdown by exchanging information about the offenders from two ends of the tunnel so as to stop and punish them on time,” he said.

Gu added that the police had contacted companies whose truck drivers were caught and would hold them accountable.

One of the firms punished was cleaning service provider Jiarong. One of its trucks was found in Dapu Road Tunnel during restricted hours on August 2. The driver was fined 200 yuan (US$29) with three points deducted from his license. The firm’s security manager was fined 500 yuan on August 7.

Bikes and e-bikes are banned from using the city’s under-river tunnels, but offenders are not rare and pose a danger to traffic safety inside the tunnels.

Gu said traffic police are addressing the problem with cameras to catch those who ride bikes and e-bikes through the tunnels.


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