Toll Free Policy to be Implemented on the Start of Lunar Year
The ministry of transportation announced that a seven day toll free period will be implemented for passengers’ vehicles on expressways all across the country during the Spring Festival holidays. The toll free period will run from January 31 until February 6 and the toll free period will not be extended to the eve of the Spring Festival which falls on January 30.
A spokesperson for the ministry stated during a news conference that the toll free period is different from the past years since the Spring Festival Eve is not an official public holiday in China. This year’s Spring Festival falls on January 31 therefore the toll free policy will be implemented on the first day of the lunar year.
Since 2012, China have been exempting passengers vehicles that have seven seats of lesser from expressway tools on the four major holidays. Authorities in Heilongjiang Province also announced that they will not be having a toll free policy in the eve of the Spring Festival in their province. They previously plan to expand the toll free period during the eve of the Spring Festival but drew criticism from other provinces.
Tolls on the expressways are said to be one of the highest among the world in which on average the toll comes out to about 1 yuan for every 2 kilometers traveled.