Date
18 December 2017
Most drivers are powerless to stop parallel traders from loading bulky cargo onto buses, ignoring luggage restrictions. Photo: now.com
Most drivers are powerless to stop parallel traders from loading bulky cargo onto buses, ignoring luggage restrictions. Photo: now.com

Parallel traders take over bus route

Parallel importers in Sheung Shui district have been using public buses to transport goods after MTR Corp., Hong Kong’s railway operator, tightened passenger luggage restrictions.

Most drivers are helpless when large numbers force their way into buses, ignoring luggage policy, Apple Daily reported Monday.

On Route B1 from Yuen Long to Lok Ma Chau served by Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB), buses are crowded with goods and bulky suitcases.

Almost all bus routes to Lok Ma Chau are taken up by parallel goods traders, the report said.

They bring everything from chocolates and diapers to infant formula and electrical appliances into the mainland.

KMB has fielded more people to enforce its luggage policy but the move has done little to ease overcrowding.

A frequent cross-border commuter, surnamed Wong, said buses on Route B1 are always full.

“One time, I had to wait 40 minutes for a bus. I also tried going back several stops just to get space to squeeze myself into,” he said.

Students who live in the border town of Futian and go to schools in Yuen Long are among the worst affected.

Squeezed out by parallel traders, they often end up being late for school for up to an hour.

A KMB spokesperson appealed to passengers to follow luggage restrictions.

The policy prohibits carriage of goods weighing more than five kilos or bigger than one-tenth of a cubic meter, the spokesperson said.

The company will ramp up personnel in key bus stops to ensure compliance.

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