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By Ding Yi / Dec 27, 2019 01:58 PM / Society & Culture

Some 192 million drivers in China have officially signed up for electronic toll collection (ETC) to automatically pay motorway tolls without stopping, moving a step closer to realizing the country’s ambitious plan of building a national smart transport system to reduce chronic traffic jams, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a senior official.

Under the system, electronic readers can communicate with linked transponders in cars when they drive past, automatically charging the drivers..

China has now completed the ambitious goal of eliminating staffed toll booths on all provincial borders, and has modified 487 physical tollgates into ones that can offer the ETC service, Li Xiaopeng, head of the Ministry of Transport, said at a working conference in Beijing on Thursday, according to the report.

The ministry will continue to study the wider application of ETC-based charging technology in order to improve customer satisfaction, Li added.

The ETC device should be installed on 90% of vehicles on expressways in China by year-end, according to the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

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