The Spring Festival holiday is six days long this year and a large influx of cars on the nation’s highways is expected. The National Highway Police Bureau (NHPB) has created an app (168) for mobile devices to access the latest road conditions for the nation’s highways. Police in patrol vehicles report road conditions online, giving drivers handy access to traffic conditions and hopefully making traffic on the nation’s highways flow more smoothly.
Chen Ying-chieh, chief of the bureau’s second police brigade, says that during the Spring Festival break in years past, people traveled south during the first three days and back north the last three days, and the area around toll stations was always quite congested. Now, with the electronic toll collection system and the removal of the toll stations, it is the highway interchanges that are going to be congested instead, he says, adding that the area along Jhongshan Freeway under his jurisdiction — from the Hukou interchange to the Hsinchu interchange system and Miaoli County’s Sanyi interchange — will be the main spots this year for traffic to be relieved.
The bureau’s mobile device app offers the latest traffic updates from online patrol officers, providing drivers with information that can help them to avoid clogged highway sections during the Spring Festival’s massive southbound and northbound traffic flow.
The new 168 app also offers navigational functions, Chen says, adding that all you have to do is select a starting point and a destination, then choose either the “shortest distance” or the “shortest time,” and the system will show you driving directions and information for the overall traffic situation. The app is available at the Google Play store for the public to download, Chen says.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)