By: Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Taiwan’s national freeways will be toll-free from 12 a.m. to 5
a.m. Dec. 29-31 and from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Jan. 1 in the hope of easing daytime traffic during the four-day New Year holiday weekend, transportation authorities said Thursday.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications on Thursday presented to the Cabinet a series of measures to manage the expected high traffic volume during the holiday. For the first time these included extending the toll-free period on the last day of the holiday.
Southbound traffic is expected to peak on Dec. 29, the first day of the holiday, while the same is expected of northbound traffic on Dec. 31, according to Chen Wen-ruey (陳文瑞), director-general of the ministry’s Department of Railways and Highways.
From 7 a.m. to noon on Dec. 29, only vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed to use No. 1 Freeway southbound lanes between Neihu (內湖) and Toufen (頭份) as well as southbound lanes between Mucha (木柵) and Xiangshan (香山) on No. 3 freeway, he said. [FULL STORY]