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Dec 21, 2018 08:15 PM
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Transport Ministry Tightens Toll Road Rules as Losses Spiral

A G3 Expressway toll station in Jining, Shandong province, was closed on Nov. 13 due to heavy fog. Photo: VCG
A G3 Expressway toll station in Jining, Shandong province, was closed on Nov. 13 due to heavy fog. Photo: VCG

The Transport Ministry will prohibit provincial-level regions from building new toll roads unless the current toll roads can generate enough income from toll fees to cover debt interest and maintenance management expenditures.

The new rules were included in draft regulations (link in Chinese) published Thursday by the Ministry of Transport. The regulations aim to curb rising debt risks from local governments’ construction of toll roads caused in part by outdated rules on the size of tolls.

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