Survey favors toll-free 1st 20 km on highways
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The most popular electronic toll collecting scheme for highway traffic is one offering free rides for short-distance journeys of up to 20 kilometers, transport authorities said yesterday.
March 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Results of a survey on three proposed toll schemes show that 40 percent of the respondents supported Plan C, which allows for toll-free trips for the first 20 kilometers, after which a fee of NT$1.20 per kilometer is required for the next 200 kilometers and then NT$0.90 for the rest, the highway bureau said.
Plan A, which collects NT$0.82 per kilometer from the beginning of trips, is the second most popular with 30-percent support, the bureau said.
The least supported is Plan B, which offers free rides for the first 10 kilometers, after which a fee of NT$1 per kilometer is required, the bureau added.
The results of the survey will be references for the highway bureau in devising a mileage-based toll collecting scheme to be implemented in the second half of this year when the electronic toll collecting system is fully implemented.
Currently, fees are collected at fixed toll stations, which nevertheless will be all removed when the new system is fully at work. All vehicles will be required to install an electronic tag for calculating their tolls.
While the new systems will be definitely implemented on the two north-south highways, the transport authorities have yet to decide whether tolls will also be collected on other east-west highways.
An overwhelming 80 percent of respondents to the survey object to the idea that tolls should also be collected on east-west highways, the bureau said.
Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih has also recently suggested that tolls will not be collected on eat-west highways within the next two to three years.
The highway bureau said the highway toll scheme will be announced by June this year.