Traffic controls set for Tomb Sweeping Festival
A series of traffic control measures will be implemented on all freeways throughout Taiwan during the Tomb Sweeping Festival from April 3-6 (Friday to Monday) to help prevent congestion, the National Freeway Bureau said on Thursday.
It said the measures will include a suspension of tolls from midnight to 5 a.m. during the four days to encourage motorists to use the roads in off-peak hours.
On some sections of Freeway No. 5, only vehicles carrying three or more people will be allowed, the bureau said.
It said that from 7 a.m. to noon on April 3 and 4, only high occupancy vehicles will be allowed to enter the southbound lanes from the Nangang slip road in Taipei and the Shiding and Pinglin slip roads in New Taipei.
The same rules will apply to the northbound lanes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5 and 6 at the slip roads in Suao, Luodong, Yilan City and Toucheng in Yilan County, the bureau said.
During the four-day holiday, the standard toll rate will be reduced 25 percent to NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilometer, the bureau.
Motorists traveling between the Hsinchu and Yanchao interchanges on National Freeway No. 3 will receive an additional 20-percent discount on tolls, it said.
However, the standard first 20km toll-free travel on all freeways will be suspended during the holiday period, the bureau said.
It said it is expecting as many as 2.8 million motorists per day on the country freeways over the next four days.
The bureau said motorists can access real-time traffic information on the website http://1968.freeway. gov.tw/?lang=en or via a mobile application that is downloadable at http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/app.