An electronic toll collection (ETC) system installed at a third of Shanghai’s toll booths has gone live, allowing vehicles equipped with toll tags to pass through booths at 20 k/ph with toll fees being deducted from prepaid accounts.

According to Shanghai transport authorities, when 30-40 per cent of toll road users adopt toll tags, the system will ease congestion and improve traffic flow. The aim is to have 300,000 city vehicles enrolled in this system over the next four years.

DATED: 2nd January 2009