Taipei, The National Freeway Bureau on Tuesday announced freeway control measures for the Oct. 9-11 Double Ten National Day holiday long weekend in anticipation of heavy traffic.
According to bureau data, compared with 87 million vehicle-kilometers registered on a typical weekday on the nation’s freeways, southbound traffic could reach 1.5 times that level during peak hours expected on the first day of the three-day holiday.
Northbound traffic is likely to hit 1.4 times the regular level, with the peak expected on the third day, the bureau said.
The control measures include toll suspensions between midnight and 5 a.m. during the holiday period, it said.
During other periods, freeway tolls will be reduced by about 25 percent to a flat rate of NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilometer, it continued, adding that an additional 20 percent reduction will be in effect on National Freeway No. 3 between the Hsinchu and Yanchao interchanges.
The standard toll-free first 20km of travel on all freeways will be suspended during the entire holiday, the bureau said.
Another traffic control measure during the holiday will be vehicle occupancy at certain times of day on Freeway No. 5, which links Nangang in Taipei and Su’ao in Yilan, it went on.
Vehicles carrying fewer than three people including the driver will not be allowed to enter the freeway’s southbound lanes from the Nangang onramp from 6 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9, according to the bureau.
The same rules will apply to southbound lanes from the Shiding and Pinglin onramps from 6 a.m. to noon, while the rule will also apply to northbound lanes from the Su’ao, Luodong, Yilan and Toucheng onramps between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Oct. 10, according to the bureau.
On Oct. 11, the vehicle occupancy rule will apply to motorists entering northbound lanes from the Su’ao, Luodong, Yilan and Toucheng onramps between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m., it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel