The story appears on

Page A4

June 19, 2010

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Public Services

Drivers offered new incentive to use e-toll tags

LOCALS who want to use electronic toll collection highway tags can get a discount on the equipment, in another bid to get drivers to use the e-toll system.

"The wide use of e-tolls greatly improves the efficiency of the road system," said Shen Xiaosu, deputy director of the city's construction and transport commission.

Details of the discount are still being discussed, Shen told a government press conference yesterday.

Shen said the number of vehicles using e-toll tags has grown steadily since the system was introduced in December 2008.

According to a draft plan, about 10,000 new users who deposit 1,000 yuan (US$146) on an e-toll card will get 200 yuan off the onboard unit, which normally sells for 430 yuan.

Dong Hui, a spokeswoman for the local highway administration, told Shanghai Daily that "it's the second stage of promoting e-toll usage."

In the first stage, which ended last year, new users who deposited 1,500 yuan on an e-toll card got the onboard unit free.

"The city really hopes to promote e-toll in a faster way with all the incentives," Dong said.

Starting from May, e-toll users can get a 5 percent discount on tolls for three years. At that stage there were 60,000 e-toll tag users.

Now there are about 72,000 e-toll tag users, of which 45,000 use the system everyday, officials said.

The e-toll tags were not immediately popular because they were expensive and there were few e-toll lanes. Now there are 111 e-toll lanes. When the number of users surpasses 200,000, it is expected a third of the city's toll lanes will handle e-toll.

Officials estimated that by then the system will improve traffic flow and ease congestion in a "significant way."

The e-toll network was also extended to neighboring provinces: Jiangsu Province in 2008 and on to Anhui Province last year. Shanghai vehicles will be able to use e-toll lanes in Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces by the end of this year.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend