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Highway toll booths set to be removed tomorrow

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Toll stations will be removed from national freeways starting tomorrow when the electronic toll collection system is fully implemented. Transport authorities said yesterday.

The toll stations will stop collecting tolls right after midnight today, the Highway Bureau said. Demolition of the stations will begin tomorrow morning, with plans to remove booths from the inner lanes first, it said.

The first stage of demolition work is scheduled for completion by Jan. 20, the bureau said, adding the remaining booths on the outer lanes will be removed after Chinese New Year.

After the removal of the stations, vehicles will not have to slow down and stop to pay tolls, the bureau said.

But the bureau plans to keep one booth each on the south-bound and north-bound lanes at three of the present toll stations — at Taishan, Dachia and Zhutian in northern, central and southern Taiwan respectively – as historical monuments.

The mileage-based electronic toll collection system has sensors installed along the highways to track vehicles.

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