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Free installation of eTags starts Tuesday

2012/05/14 22:00:39

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Free installation of the new electronic toll collection (ETC) device eTags will start on Tuesday, while a new charging rate on freeway users will be unveiled in June, National Freeway Bureau said Monday.

The governmemt said last month that the free eTags will be available until the end of the year, after which motorists will pay more than NT$200 (US$6.7) for each eTag installed.

Meanwhile, motorists using freeway will be charged by mileage instead of the number of passes as the country phases out physical toll collection stations to shift to total electronic toll collection early next year.

The new charging system was introduced to ensure fairness for all road users, who under the current system are charged the same regardless of the distance they travel.

The bureau said the new charging rate will take into account several factors, including the habits of commuters traveling short distances and ensuring users traveling over a long distance will not have to pay more than they currently do.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Scully Hsiao)