Chinese bus company fined US$15,000 for failing to conduct security checks

Jiangsu police say operator was not inspecting passengers’ ID cards and luggage in line with anti-terrorism law

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 October, 2017, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 October, 2017, 4:30pm

A bus company in northeast China has been fined 100,000 yuan (US$15,170) for not carrying out security checks on passengers required under the country’s anti-terrorism law.

It was the first time a transport company in the province had been fined for breaching the law, according to a report in Legal Daily, which did not name the firm, on Tuesday.

Airport, train and bus station staff are obliged to check ID cards and luggage in accordance with the anti-terrorism law, which came into effect last year.

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In April, plain-clothes police officers found the company, based in the city of Yancheng, was not checking ID cards at its ticket counter or carrying out adequate security checks on luggage, the report said. The company was sent a notice warning it to comply with the security requirements under the law by May.

Police said when officers visited the bus company again in September, it was still failing to carry out these checks and was again told to do so. But a further inspection in October found passengers were still freely boarding buses without security checks and the company was fined.

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A hotel in the city was also fined 100,000 yuan in September for failing to register a guest’s ID card details. And an internet cafe in Yancheng was fined 20,000 yuan in August for allowing a customer to use someone else’s ID card to go online.

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Since President Xi Jinping took power five years ago, a slew of new laws have been passed to deal with security challenges, including a national security law, an anti-terrorism law and a counter-espionage law. Beijing is particularly worried about what it sees as a growing threat from the restive far-western region of Xinjiang, home to at least 11 million mostly Muslim Uygurs. Ethnic violence has killed hundreds of people there in recent years and the authorities have ramped up security to tackle what they say is an increasing threat from militants and separatists.