More than 90 percent of vehicles on expressways in China should
be able to use the electronic toll collection (ETC) system by year-end, according to the Na
tional Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport.
The move is part of an effort to reach the goal of essentially re
moving all tollgates in two years, as laid out in the Gov
ernment Work Report in March. The brick-and-mortar tollgates will finally be rep
laced with the virtual ETC system, partly to reduce emissions and logistics costs.
In an action plan released on Tuesday, the commission and
ministry outlined a timetable for establishing the ETC syst
em, which allows drivers to pass electronic tollgates on expressways without stopping.