Tollgates to Distribute Pass Cards for Toll Free Period on Spring Festival
The city tollgate officials are planning to distribute paper cards to drivers passing through tollgates several hours before the start and end of the toll free period during the Spring Festival holiday. The toll free period starts at midnight of February 9 and ends midnight of February 16.
Meanwhile the Guangdong Provincial Transport Department has not issued any official policy on the cards. Members of the city transport commission said that the decision to hand the paper cards out is based on previous traffic experiences during last year’s National Day holidays which was the first toll free holiday that was intended to relieve traffic congestion at tollgates at the start and end of the period. The cards allowed drivers to move through the tollgates without paying, or to stop to return the cards.
Transport commission states that the plan is pending approval of the provincial authorities that are saying that they will be releasing a full toll free policy before the Spring Festival. The ministry of Transportation used to require tolls to be free for passenger vehicles with seven seats during the festival in hopes to relieve congestion.