Bureau recalling prepaid toll tickets for freeway

NEW SYSTEM::Starting later this year, motorists will be charged by distance traveled rather than by toll booth, so the bureau is reimbursing unused tickets

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 - Page 3

Prepaid freeway toll tickets will soon become history after the National Freeway Bureau yesterday said it would start recalling the tickets today.

Currently, motorists can pay toll fees with cash or prepaid tickets when they drive through a toll booth. However, starting later this year, motorists will be charged by the distance traveled, instead of the number of toll booths they drive through.

Since prepaid tickets will become obsolete after the “pay-as-you-go” policy is enforced, the bureau is recalling all unused tickets, with ticket owners being reimbursed in cash.

Companies or individuals holding more than NT$10,000 (US$333) in prepaid tickets can make a reservation with the bureau in advance, it said. The service is available from 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday at the bureau’s district offices in the north, central and south of the country.

Motorists can also opt to return the tickets at freeway rest areas or at the bureau’s toll-collecting offices along the freeways, with the service available daily from 8am to 8pm.

The bureau estimated that the value of all the unused tickets in circulation at between NT$1.5 billion and NT$2 billion.

Motorists can continue using the prepaid tickets until the new policy is implemented, the bureau said, adding that it would continue accepting returned tickets after the new policy takes effect.