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Freeway rules announced for Tomb Sweeping Day

Staff writer, with CNA

Freeway tolls nationwide will be lifted between midnight and 5am from April 4 to April 6 to encourage drivers to travel at off-peak hours during the long Tomb Sweeping Day holiday weekend.

The National Freeway Bureau yesterday said daytime fares over the three-day weekend will be set at a flat rate of NT$0.9 per kilometer, 25 percent less than the regular rate. However, the regular allowance of 20 toll-free kilometers will be suspended that weekend.

An additional 20 percent discount will be offered on the Formosa Freeway (No. 3 Freeway) between Hsinchu and Greater Kaohsiung’s Yanchao District (燕巢) to encourage use of the less popular route and prevent congestion.

The plan was approved after the Ministry of Transportation and Communications reviewed it on Thursday.

Parts of the Jiang Wei-shui Freeway (No. 5 Freeway) linking Taipei and Yilan County will be open only to vehicles with two or more passengers, the bureau said.

From 7am to noon on April 4 and April 5, only high-occupancy vehicles will be allowed to enter the southbound lanes from the Nangang (南港) on-ramp in Taipei and the Shiding (石碇) and Pinglin (坪林) on-ramps in New Taipei City, it said.

The same rules will be applied for northbound lanes from 3pm to 8 pm on April 5 and April 6 at the on-ramps in Suao (蘇澳), Luodong (羅東) and Toucheng (頭城) in Yilan County.

Bureau officials have said that between 2.5 million and 2.7 million vehicles are expected to travel on the freeways on the first two days of the holiday weekend and between 2.2 million and 2.4 million on the last day.

Drivers can check on current traffic conditions online at 1968.freeway.gov.tw.

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