A motoring school fears learner drivers' safety will be put at risk when a loading dock for trucks carrying construction waste is opened near its office. The Hong Kong School of Motoring is also worried that demand for its services will fall when more than 100 trucks a day compete for road space with the learners when work begins in 2011. The trucks will be going to a barge bay near the motoring school to be loaded with waste from work on the South Island Line. The move is another blow to the school's Hong Kong Island branch in Ap Lei Chau, which has seen enrolments drop 18 per cent to 8,400 last year since it left its more accessible Wong Chuk Hang site in 2006 to make way for the MTR extension between South Horizon and Admiralty. The school's chief executive, Taurus Leung Ying-kwan, said it was not just a business issue. 'Small-size learner vehicles and motorbikes do not travel alongside big trucks under international protocols because, given the trucks' size, drivers are not always aware of our existence and there will be safety concerns,' he said. The school agreed to move to Ap Lei Chau three years ago, which was the only available site at the time. But space for learning and testing, at 2km of road, is inadequate. The site is also split into two areas. The Ap Lei Chau school's market share on Hong Kong Island fell from 80 per cent in 2006 to 70 per cent last year, although its passing rate remained above 70 per cent. 'The government said three years ago it would find a new site for us soon; now three years has passed and it hasn't even come close to have some suggestions,' Leung said. The school has been eyeing seven sites in Chai Wan. Most of them are now used as temporary car parks, but the Transport and Housing Bureau has said those sites are already reserved for other uses. A bureau spokesman said the number of trucks that will travel on Lee Nam Road will be minimised because a conveyor belt would be built in a tube to transfer material directly from the rail link's worksites to the dumping ground. The bureau promised to continue to look for alternative locations to house the driving school. It said contingency measures would be introduced to help reduce the effect of the trucks on the school, indicating chances were slim that the school would be able to move out of Ap Lei Chau when work on the link begins in 2011. The long-awaited seven-kilometre extension, designed to ease Southern District's peak-hour traffic, is expected to be finished in 2015.