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Govt proposes free-flow tolling system for all its tunnel by 2023

Govt proposes free-flow tolling system for all its tunnel by 2023

The government is introducing a free-flow tolling system, bringing convenience to motorists by enabling their payment of tolls remotely with toll tags and facilitating a smoother traffic flow, thereby improving the traffic in the vicinity of tunnels.
The relevant bill, which seeks to provide legal backing for the implementation of a free-flow tolling system at government tolled tunnels and the Tsing Sha Control Area, will be gazetted on Friday and introduced into the Legislative Council for the first reading and second reading on March 24.

A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said implementing the system is a major Smart Mobility initiative.

“The system is a technology-based solution to enable payment of tunnel tolls without requiring a vehicle to stop at a toll booth, mainly by making use of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, with the support of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology,” said the spokesman.

“Upon implementation of the system, the use of a government tolled tunnel or the Tsing Sha Control Area by a vehicle will be detected by the boothless tolling facilities through reading of a toll tag, which is a self-adhesive RFID sticker, affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle.”

According to the bureau, after the implementation of the system, existing toll booths at toll plazas will be demolished, freeing up space for other transport-related purposes such as enhancement of existing bus stops.

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