IN a bid to encourage residents to take part in supervising the safety of passenger coaches, the Shenzhen Municipal Traffic Police Bureau raised the standards of the rewards for those who report traffic violations during the Spring Festival traffic rush from Feb. 1 to March 12, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported.
The amount of reward money for whistleblowers is 10 times more than during normal seasons. One can receive 500 yuan (US$79.39) for reporting a large overloaded coach, and 200 yuan for a small overloaded coach. The largest reward is up to 5,000 yuan.
Residents will receive a 3,000-yuan reward for reporting violations that are defined as crimes by the traffic police department.
The Shenzhen traffic police have opened multiple channels for reporting violations, including phone, text message, Weibo, WeChat, Alipay, recording the vehicles and so forth.
Since most of the whistleblowers are believed to be passengers onboard, the traffic police bureau suggested that residents make tipoffs via phone and avoid confronting the violators directly. Residents can dial 110 or 0755-8333-3333, or send text messages to 12110 to report violations.
Meanwhile, the traffic police will implement harsher inspections over traffic violations during the traffic rush. Every passenger vehicle with more than seven seats will be checked at checkpoints scattered all around the city, especially at the entrances of highways.
All related departments in Shenzhen have started their work to safeguard the Spring Festival traffic rush, which commenced at the beginning of the month.
It is estimated that around 16.18 million people will be departing from Shenzhen during the holiday, marking an increase of approximately 5.86 percent over the same period last year.