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E-toll pass makes ride cheaper

DRIVERS who use the local electronic toll collection tag will get a 5-percent discount on tolls for the next three years, starting Saturday.

"We are confident the discount will attract more and more vehicles to join the e-toll system," said a Shanghai Highway Administration Office spokeswoman.

The city plans to boosts the e-toll system by extending it to four neighboring provinces by the end of this year.

Vehicles equipped with the ETC tag can drive through toll stations at 20 kilometers per hour, which should improve traffic flow. A device in the toll booth reads the tag and deducts the toll from a prepaid card. A tag and card retail for 430 yuan (US$63).

Those who pay cash at the toll booths don't get the discount.

More than 60,000 local drivers have picked up the ETC tag and card since the first ETC lane made its debut in late 2008, officials said.

However, the e-toll passes were not immediately popular. The problem was twofold: they were expensive and there were few toll lanes where the tags could be used.


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