Buses to Have Designated Parking Spaces Near Checkpoints
On the west side of the checkpoint terminal at Futian Checkpoint, a temporary parking space was created for school buses that transport cross-border students travelling between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The parking space can hold up to 30 buses and other vehicles are not allowed to use the area.
At Luohu Checkpoint the same type of parking area was open for school buses for those students using the checkpoint at Luohu. Opening the designated parking areas is one of the measures being taken by Shenzhen and Hong Kong to further introduce unified management of cross border school buses. In the past few months there have been several accidents involving school buses that caught the attention of the Central government and spurred the recent clamor for school bus management.
Seven bus companies are operating a total of 78 cross border school buses and are required to register with the city traffic police bureau. Among the 78 buses, 36 have met the national safety standards. And by February 1st those school buses that failed or have not completed their registration will not be allowed to transport cross-border students or park at the designated parking areas.
An average of 13,000 Hong Kong Children cross the border from Shenzhen to study everyday. 4,000 of them take the buses directly and the remaining 9,000 children take mini buses to other checkpoints.