By: Wang Shu-feng and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Taiwan’s national freeways will be toll-free from midnight to 5 a.m. during the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday to ease traffic congestion, new Minister of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Tuesday.
In a Facebook post, Lin said the government’s priority in that regard will be providing a safe and high-quality service on the freeways rather than collecting tolls.
Therefore, the toll-free measure will be implemented not only during the Feb 2-10 Lunar New Year holiday but also on 228 Peace Memorial Day and during the Tomb Sweeping Festival to provide greater convenience to road users, said Lin, who took office the previous day.
In past years, tolls were lifted on highways for about six hours per day on long holidays, starting at 11 p.m. [FULL STORY]