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Strict checks for bus travelers

PASSENGERS arriving in Shanghai are to face random checks at long distance bus stations as the city's traffic authorities beef up security for the upcoming 2010 World Expo.

Ferry passengers will also be required to have their luggage X-rayed before boarding and face airport-style security checks, the Shanghai Port and Transport Administration Bureau announced yesterday. Advanced monitoring equipment is also to be installed in all the city's docks, covering all key areas.

At the bus stations, there will be extra security guards using devices to detect explosives at the exits.

At least one out of 10 incoming passengers will be checked as they leave stations during the World Expo, according to the Shanghai Long-Distance Bus General Station.

"Passengers will not only face strict security checks at the entrance, but also random checks at the exit to ensure the security work at the World Expo," said Zhang Yongbin, chief of the station.

Meanwhile, Shanghai South Bus Station has become the first bus station in the city to install exit-only gates to facilitate checks.

The transport authorities also said all the city's 2,300 long-distance buses will be fitted with global positioning systems and video cameras before next March to allow real-time monitoring during the 2010 event.


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