Drivers Rush to Tollgates to Take Advantage of Free Toll Policy
As transportation authorities braced themselves for the crunch of the millions of travelers that are returning home from the holidays have reported good conditions with slight traffic jam caused by an overturned vehicle and a sudden surge of inbound vehicles in the evening.
Most of the concerns that happened at toll gates as the new policy that was implemented that waived tolls on expressways nationwide during national holidays that reduced expenses for drivers but caused headaches to toll operators before the free period have ended midnight. The Guangdong provincial transportation authorities issued paper cards to give out to drivers entering the toll gates to prevent any disputes. Authorities explained that drivers who exited the expressways after midnight has to pay full toll as indicated on the distributed cards. Drivers without cards will pay toll for the trip for the entire expressways and a fine for not having the card.
Some drivers even suggested exiting expressways before midnight then immediately re enter the expressways regardless of location and destination to pay the smallest toll possible. Shanghai and Jiangsu and Fujian provinces have also adopted a similar paper card policy but also had deadlines. In Shanghai those vehicles that exited between midnight and 2 a.m. will be charged 5 yuan. In Fujian vehicles that exited before the deadline but didn’t reach the toll gate by midnight due to traffic jams were given free passage.