Cars parked illegally caused traffic congestion at checkpoint
Roads leading to Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint were heavily congested when large numbers of residents went to Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese Lunar Holidays. car parks north of the check points were filled to the brim with cars, while more cars were lining up and waiting at the entrance.
Drivers were then parking their vehicles illegally at the two lane passage east of the car park. A spoke person for the Bay Checkpoint said that there was another makeshift car park with at least 1,500 lots available, but only a few motorists were leaving their cars there. The east end of the car park was more convenient for them since it was only five minutes away from the entrance and exit of the checkpoint area.
Drivers risked parking their cars illegally because they find the makeshift car park far and they didn’t want to walk all the way to the exit and entry hall. That is why the roads and passages were congested. A survey conducted showed that most of the drivers were not aware of the make shift car park, and drivers were not informed and some say there were no signs or guides to direct them to the car park.
Car parking shortage in the Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint was always a problem and have existed since the checkpoint was opened in 2007. The checkpoint was made to handle 60,000 travelers, but an average of 70,000 travelers crossed the border contributing to the congestion.