China makes ID mandatory for Xinjiang bus tickets

Police officials in China`s troubled Xinjiang province have ordered that bus tickets be purchased by passengers under their real names with ID cards, starting next month in an attempt to prevent terror attacks.

PTI| Updated: Aug 20, 2014, 16:56 PM IST

Beijing: Police officials in China`s troubled Xinjiang province have ordered that bus tickets be purchased by passengers under their real names with ID cards, starting next month in an attempt to prevent terror attacks.

As of September 1, people need to use one of 25 types of ID cards when buying tickets at 119 long-distance bus stations across the vast Uygur autonomous region, the regional departments of public security and transport announced.
The new measure came after a string of militants attacks in the restive province where native Uygur Muslims are restive over increasing settlements of Han Chinese.

Passengers` ID and bus information will be printed on the tickets and also be uploaded to local police authorities, the announcement said.

When having tickets checked, passengers need to show their ID cards to demonstrate authenticity of identities shown both on the ID cards and bus tickets.

Currently, passengers need ID cards when purchasing bus tickets, but there are no ID information printed on the tickets.

They are also allowed to buy several tickets for the same coach using only one ID card, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.