Text Version
RSS Feeds
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
China to extend highway toll exemptions to help disaster relief
+ -
16:43, February 14, 2008

 Related News
 China to spend more on severe winter weather relief
 China vows to normalize life, production in snow-hit areas as early as possible
 China orders military forces to help rebuild snow-affected areas
 107 dead, $15.4b lost due to snow
 China vows to normalize life, production in snow-hit areas as early as possible
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
The Chinese government has extended the highway toll exemptions for trucks carrying food to help snow disaster relief work and reconstruction in areas affected by the severe winter weather of the last month, the Ministry of Communications has announced.

A notice on the ministry's website says the "green channel" service, which allows vehicles carrying agricultural products toll-free of seven major arteries, will be extended until March 31.

The highways include the north-south Yinchuan-Kunming, Hohhot-Nanning, Beijing-Haikou, Harbin-Haikou and Shanghai-Haikou routes, and the east-west Lianyungang-Urumqi and Shanghai-Lhasa routes.

Extending a total 27,000 kilometers, they connect 29 provincial capitals and 71 major and medium-size cities.

The move was aimed at maintaining stable food supplies and ensuring price stability for larger cities, said the notice.

Vehicles carrying steel structures, conduits, cable, cement poles, hardware, and construction equipment to restore electricity facilities would also be exempted from tolls.

Drivers are reminded that they must use passes with "green channel" logos when passing toll gates.

The ministry launched the "green channel" service on Jan. 25 to meet the rising demand of food during China's Lunar New Year, which fell on Feb. 7 this year. The service was due to end on Feb.5 this year.

In the past month, prolonged low temperatures, icy rain and heavy snow have disrupted southern China.

A total of 21 provincial-level areas have been affected, with Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei, Zhejiang, Sichuan and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region being the worst hit. The weather left 107 people dead and caused 15.4 billion U.S. dollars in losses.

China opens the "green channel" annually to meet festive transport emergencies, which usually last about ten days.

Source: Xinhua

  Your Message:   Most Commented:

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved