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Fast-track warning from police

DRIVERS with the 2010 World Expo fast-track passes will lose them immediately if they are found in violation of the agreement letter they signed, Shanghai police said yesterday.

They could also face criminal charges, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau said.

There will be strict checks on vehicles from April 15 to November 15 to ensure safety at the Expo.

To avoid delays, a system of fast-track passes has been introduced for drivers, including expats and overseas Chinese.

Holders of the passes will not need to have identity documents, including ID cards and driving licenses, checked when entering the city at six expressway toll gates.

"Vehicles with the pass can enter special lanes and generally don't need to be checked," said Zhu Weiming, deputy director of the bureau.

Passes will be issued to companies and individuals who register their ID with the police and also sign a guarantee letter - a liability agreement for a company or a letter of commitment for an individual - promising they understand the regulations and that they will not carry any dangerous items.

Police said anyone who got the pass would be obliged to obey city traffic laws, not bring any dangerous goods as explosives, toxic chemicals, radioactive isotope or guns, not to give, sell or forge the pass, and to take responsibility if lending the vehicle to others.

Shanghai police, in association with police from Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, will be carrying out the security checks at the city's six toll gates.

"It will be the first defense of the Shanghai World Expo," Zhu said.

Over 40 percent of Expo visitors are expected to drive to the city.

At present, queues at the tolls can be up to 100 meters long.

"After the security checks start, the frequency of jams will increase and the lines could be several kilometers long at some times," said Zhu.

Passes are available at every police station in the city.


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