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Taiwan's ETC system wins 2015 ITS World Congress Industry Award

2015/08/19 23:16:42

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Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's electronic toll collection (ETC) system developed by Taipei-based Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. (FETC) has won the 2015 Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress Industry Award, according to the ITS Taiwan.

The FETC is to send a representative to receive the award at the ITS World Congress to be held Oct. 5-9 in Bordeaux, France.

Combining services offered by the convenience stores around Taiwan and the smart phone app for adding value and responding to inquiries in an efficient manner, the FETC has made the ETC system a main pillar for the development of the intelligent transport system in the nation, the ITS Taiwan said.

Thanks to the radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, the ETC system has made the electronic toll collection possible while allowing a multilane flow of vehicles on free ways.

Taiwan became the first country in the world to collect all freeway tolls electronically because of the ETC system, when all tolls were collected electronically at the end of 2013.

The ETC system formally began operations in 2006 and was optional until the end of 2013, with ETC booths set up alongside regular toll booths.

By now, the system's usage rate has reached over 94 percent and the toll deduction system has an accuracy of 99.9 percent, the ITS Taiwan said.

Earlier this year the ETC system won an award given by the U.S.-based International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) for its excellent customer service and marketing outreach.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Romulo Huang)