Drivers protest over border-crossing closure

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 May, 2010, 12:00am

About 400 drivers from a private-car owners' association staged a slow-drive protest in Sheung Shui to urge the Hong Kong and Shenzhen governments to allow cars with no passengers to use the Man Kam To border crossing. It was closed on February 22 for 21/2 years due to renovation on the Shenzhen side. Clearance services for passengers on cross-boundary buses and in private cars were suspended. The drivers said motorists could save time and money if their request was adopted. The association's secretary general, Tse Long, said the closure was unfair to the 400 motorists who lived near the checkpoint. They had had to use Sha Tau Kok checkpoint, the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint or Shenzhen Bay Port since the closure. The round-trip travel time was an hour longer and the daily fuel expenses increased by about HK$100.