Highways to be toll-free midnight-5 a.m. during Lunar New Year holiday

Taipei-Taiwan's national highways will be toll-free from midnight to 5 a.m. during the 6-day Lunar New Year holiday, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) said Monday.

The heaviest traffic is expected on southbound freeway lanes on Feb. 17, the third day of the Lunar New Year holiday, which runs from Feb. 15-20, the MOTC said.

On Feb. 17, the vehicle count on southbound freeway routes is expected to be 180 percent higher than on average days, MOTC Deputy Minister Wang Kwo-tsai(???) said, citing the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau.

Traffic on northbound freeway lanes is expected to be heaviest on Feb. 19, when the vehicle is likely to be 190 percent higher than usual, Wang said at a press conference.

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

The restrictions will apply to national highways in western Taiwan, including some northbound sections of National Highway No. 1 and National Highway No.3, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 and 19, Wang said.

Similar regulations will also be imposed from 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 and 17 at entrance ramps to southbound lanes of National Highway No. 5, and from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 18-20 on the entrance ramps to the northbound lanes of the highway, Wang said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel