Highways to be toll-free from midnight to 5 a.m. during LNY holiday

01/19/2023 04:51 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's national highways will be toll-free from midnight to 5 a.m. during the 10-day Lunar New Year holiday, the Freeway Bureau said Thursday.

A unified rate of NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilometer will apply at all other times during the holiday period, which runs from Jan. 20-29, the bureau said.

In addition to the toll-free periods, special regulations on vehicle occupancy will be put into place.

Between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 25, only vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed on northbound lanes of National Freeway No. 1 from Tainan's Xiaying System Interchange to Toufen in Miaoli.

The same rules will apply to northbound lanes of National Freeway No. 3 between Tainan's Guantian System Interchange and Zhunan in Miaoli, according to the bureau.

Meanwhile, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Jan. 24-29, only vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed onto northbound lanes of National Freeway No. 5 from entrance ramps at Toucheng, Yilan, Luodong and Su'ao, the Freeway Bureau said.

Traffic is expected to be the heaviest in southbound freeway lanes during the early part of the holiday, from Jan. 21-24, and in northbound lanes from Jan. 25-29, according to the bureau.

Information on real-time traffic conditions can be found at https://1968.freeway.gov.tw/?lang=en or by downloading the mobile application available at https://1968.freeway.gov.tw/sapp.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Matthew Mazzetta)

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