Motorists who 'book in advance' to enjoy toll discounts: MOTC

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(CNA file photo)

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Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Drivers who "book in advance" before traveling on Taiwan's national freeways could enjoy reduced toll fees beginning next year, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said on Thursday.

The ministry has been studying the feasibility of introducing either an app-based or a "Highway 1968" hotline solution that will allow motorists to book a preferred time of travel on freeways.

Those who stick to their travel schedule would then qualify for toll fee discounts, Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said.

The scheme would be used to alleviate freeway congestion which often occurs during extended holidays, he said.

At present, although drivers are reminded to tune in to the latest traffic updates on the radio, or use the National Freeway Bureau website to avoid heavy traffic, the most likely outcome remains traffic jams, the minister said.

According to the ministry, the introduction of incentive measures, would make drivers more likely to use the freeways at different times, thereby reducing bottlenecks.

The plan is expected to be finalized by the end of the year and be implemented next year at the latest, the MOTC said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin)

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