Mar 20, 2018 Market Comments Off on Freeways to be toll-free in early hours during Tomb Sweeping holiday
Taipei, Taiwan's national freeways will be toll-free from midnight to 5 a.m. during the 5-day Tomb Sweeping holiday next month, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) said Tuesday.
The toll-free period will last from April 4-8, the ministry said.
However, the standard toll-free first 20km of travel on all freeways will be suspended during the holiday period.
In an effort to reduce congestion, families are encouraged to carry out tomb-sweeping rituals before the holiday period, the MOTC said.
As such, motorists will be offered a 20 percent freeway toll discount on the weekend of March 24-25, and on April 1.
From 7 a.m. to noon on April 4, only vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed to use the No. 1 Freeway's southbound lanes from the Neihu (??) onramp in Taipei to Toufen (??) in Miaoli County, according to the National Freeway Bureau.
The same rule will be applied to the southbound lanes of No. 5 Freeway between 7 a.m. and noon from April 4-6. The onramp affected will be Nangang (??) in Taipei to Shiding (??) in New Taipei, the bureau added.
Due to the long holiday period, southbound traffic is expected to reach its peak on April 4, the first day of the holiday, said MOTC's Department of Railways and Highways specialist Hu Ti-chi (???).
The same is expected of northbound traffic on April 7, when most people are expected to return home from the south, Hu added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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