Some pieces will have to be checked in or ticketed The KCRC is tightening controls on the size of luggage passengers are allowed to carry on East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail, a move that could cost some travellers more money. Under regulations taking effect on August 1, luggage with total dimensions exceeding 190cm must be checked in and carried in the baggage car. The charge for such large pieces will be determined by weight. Tickets must be bought for luggage with total dimensions between 170cm and 190cm. The tickets will cost $40 per piece on weekdays before 9am, and $20 per piece on Sundays, public holidays and weekdays after 9am. The new dimension limit is lower than the previous 220cm cap imposed by the rail company in April last year, in an attempt to curb illegal cross-border trading. A veteran courier for a mainland-based jewellery company that recently moved its production line back to Hong Kong said the new policy amounted to robbery. 'Our business has been shrinking and we can't afford a driver anymore,' said the man, who gave his name only as Mr Choi. 'The new regulations will only make our lives harder.' Anthony Yan Shiu-tseung, general manager of operations at East Rail, denied the new policy aimed to create extra revenue. 'The new conditions are aimed at improving passenger flow and passenger safety, it's not about money,' he said. Statistics show that luggage ticket sales fell from an average of 15,000 a month last year to less than 10,000 a month this year. But the number of accidents has not been reduced despite passengers carrying less bulky luggage. Twenty-six passengers have tripped over or been injured by luggage on escalators so far this year, compared with 32 for the whole of last year. Mr Yan said the new rules were unlikely to affect individual travellers from the mainland because a Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation study showed that most of their luggage fell within the limits.