Operation status and benefits of distance-based ETC
Until June 2014, the total ETC equipped vehicles exceeded 5.8 million, accounted for 78% of total vehicles in the country. The average daily gantry transactions are around 13 to 16 million, with ETC usage rate at 94%.
1) Traffic management benefit
The toll stations on freeways were all pulled down after launch of distance-based electronic toll collection system. Vehicles do not need to stop to pay for tolls when traveling on freeways, which not only shorten travel time but also eliminate traffic bottlenecks, making freeway traffic much smoother than before. It is estimated that the 350 km long travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung is shortened 20 to 30 minutes after distance-based ETC was launched.
The tolling rate can be easily adjusted by billing system of ETC, reaching the goal of traffic management by differentiated pricing. During the Chinese New Year holiday in 2014, 20 percent discount was implemented on National Freeway 3 on designated section. The expected goal of balancing traffic flow on National Freeway 1 and National Freeway 3 by differentiated tolling has been reached according to related traffic statistics.
2) Reduce CO2 emission
From February 2006 to December 2013, when flat-rate toll station ETC was in practice, reduce of CO2 emission and savings on gasoline usage have created a worth of NT$5.7 billion benefit, approximately US$190 million. Vehicles do not need to fully stop to pay toll, instead, they can travel at speed of 50 to 70 km/hour on ETC lanes, bringing effects of reducing CO2 emission, shortening travel time, saving gasoline, and eliminating cost of printing toll tickets.
After transferring from pay-at-toll station to distance-based tolling via gantries on freeways, with the elimination of toll stations, all vehicles can maintain a stable speed when traveling on freeways and there is no need to slow down for paying tolls. An estimated of NT$2.4 billion, or US$80million, worth of benefit can be created due to increased vehicle travel speed and savings on CO2 emission and gasoline usage.
Date of Posting :2015-04-27
Source of Information:Toll&Service Div.