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NHPB releases new app providing latest highway info for Spring Festival
春節國道即時路況APP 用路人一手掌握

Traffic at night during the beginning of the Spring Festival is shown in this photograph taken in Greater Kaohsiung on Feb. 8 last year.

Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Liberty Times

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.

陳英傑說「168國道即時路況行動版」APP還貼心提供行車規畫功能,只要點選起點與終點交流道,再設定「最短距離」或「最短時間」項目,系統就能顯示行經道路及完整路況資訊,該APP已在Google Play商店上架,供民眾下載。

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)


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