Chinese expressways are providing cars with toll-free travel for several days around National Day, October 1. Which gives drivers' pocketbooks a break and allows many toll collectors time off - trucks and buses still pay tolls - but causes massive backups with the extra traffic.
Most expressways in China today began an early-hours toll-free regime for cars in an effort to reduce congestion. The start Sunday coincided with a long weekend Fall holiday.
China's Xinhuanet news agency reports late Saturday night as midnight approached drivers crowded the shoulders to wait the lifting of tolls.
And early Sunday morning before 6am cars attempting to beat the 6am start of tolls caused backups at some toll plazas.
No greater honor can be conferred on a journalist in China, they say, than to be expelled by the little Hitlers of that country's Foreign Ministry, which arrogates to itself the right to decide which of the country's people shall be interviewed by foreign media.
It seems a bit early to us, wishful thinking maybe, but they call it the "Spring Festival" season in China - the last two days of the Lunar New Year January 25, 26. Spring festival time is China's major annual time for getting on the road to visit family and friends. And it's a national tradition to go to one's "native" village in the countryside.
So this is the time of the year when the expressways are most heavily trafficked.
China state toll operators default on bonds - national regulator says OK, just a one-time "loan extension"By Peter Samuel on January 2, 2012
China Daily is reporting that a bunch of state toll authorities in China are defaulting on bonds by announcing an "extension" of their loans. And the country's regulator says it's OK.
Three Chinese cities are planning to introduce urban congestion charges within the next few years in a bid to head off worsening gridlock – the national capital Beijing (pop 20 million); Shenzen, the financial capital of southern China (pop 9 million); and Chongqing, a major automotive production center in the south west of country (pop 29 million). In 2009, China overtook the US to become the world's largest auto market.
Shi Jianfeng of Henan province in China got life imprisonment for toll evasion and fraud Tuesday, according to Xinhua newsagency. Prosecutors said that Shi, who sold sand, evaded expressway tolls totaling Y3.86m ($525,000) in some 2,362 trips past toll points.
Army vehicles go toll-free in China.
In Shanghai there are celebrations for the opening of a spectacular toll bridge and tunnel expressway linking Chongming Island in the mouth of the Changjiang (Yangste) River. Named the Changjiang Tunnel-Bridge Expressway it consists of an 8.9km (5.5 mile) tunnel between Shanghai's Pudong area and a small island, and then a 10km (6 mile) cable stay bridge to the large Chongming Island.
"Stocks of mainland expressway operators ended mixed..." tollers prominent on Hong Kong stock exchangeBy Peter Samuel on September 11, 2009
We quote: "Hang Seng Index finishes 0.8% higher at midday
"Sep. 11, 2009 (China Knowledge) - Hong Kong stocks swelled 167.92 points or 0.8% to end the morning session at 21,237.48 points, with mainboard turnover standing at HK$33.9 billion.
July 2 2009 should be recorded as an important date in tollroad history. It was the day Chinese regulators gave the green light to Sichuan Expressway Company's Initial Private Offering (IPO) of shares in Shanghai, while in Texas, USA the legislature adjourned for 18 months slamming the door on investor pikes.