<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.19019"></HEAD> <BODY> <DIV style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 20px" id=Title_e> <H1 style="COLOR: rgb(0,0,0)">Tollway system on target list</H1> <H6>By Xin Dingding (China Daily)<BR>Updated: 2011-06-21 07:46</H6></DIV> <TABLE style="MARGIN-LEFT: 20px; FONT-SIZE: 11px; BORDER-TOP: rgb(153,153,153) 1px dashed; PADDING-TOP: 5px" border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=600> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width=220 align=right><LINK rel=stylesheet type=text/css href="cts2009style_e.css"> <DIV style="WIDTH: 468px; HEIGHT: auto"><IMG align=absMiddle src="ctsarticle_comments.jpg" width=26 height=26> <A class=black href="javascript:docmtend()"><STRONG>Comments</STRONG>(<SPAN style="FLOAT: none; COLOR: rgb(153,0,0)" id=show_count1>3</SPAN>)</A> <IMG align=absMiddle src="ctsarticle_print.jpg" width=26 height=26><A class=black href="javascript:Print()" target=_top><STRONG>Print</STRONG></A><IMG align=absMiddle src="ctsarticle_mail.jpg" width=26 height=26><A class=black onclick="javascript:window.open ('http://app3.chinadaily.com.cn/webdev/PageRcmdToMail.shtml?url='+document.location+'&amp;title='+document.title, 'newwindow', 'height=380, width=480');" href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-06/21/content_12739817.htm#"><STRONG>Mail</STRONG></A></DIV></TD> <TD><IMG src="ctsA.jpg"></TD> <TD class=black width=248><A href="javascript:doZoom(16)">Large</A> <A href="javascript:doZoom(14)">Medium</A> <A href="javascript:doZoom(12)">Small</A> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> <DIV style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; PADDING-TOP: 10px" id=Content><!--enpproperty <date>2011-06-21 07:46:38.0</date><author>Xin Dingding</author><title>Tollway system on target list</title><keyword>Tollway system,illegal toll collections,</keyword><subtitle></subtitle><introtitle></introtitle><siteid>1</siteid><nodeid>158963</nodeid><nodename>Society</nodename><nodesearchname>2@webnews</nodesearchname>/enpproperty--><!--enpcontent--> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; FONT-SIZE: 14px"></P> <TABLE style="BORDER-BOTTOM: rgb(255,255,255) 0px; BORDER-LEFT: rgb(255,255,255) 0px; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); WIDTH: 80px; HEIGHT: 20px; FONT-SIZE: 14px; BORDER-TOP: rgb(255,255,255) 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: rgb(255,255,255) 0px" border=0 cellSpacing=2 borderColorLight=#ffffff borderColorDark=#ffffff cellPadding=1 align=center> <TBODY> <TR> <TD style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); MIN-HEIGHT: 16px" vAlign=center align=middle> <P align=center></P> <DIV style="TEXT-ALIGN: left" align=left><IMG style="WIDTH: 450px; HEIGHT: 292px" id=3908664 title="A worker at a tollgate on a highway linking Guilin and Beihai cities in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region gives receipts to a driver on Monday." border=0 hspace=0 alt="Tollway system on target list" align=center src="cts0013729e48090f6a1cc53d.jpg" width=450 height=292 sourcename=",g0W! eN" sourcedescription=" c: O v,g0W! eN" md5=""><BR><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt" size=1>A worker at a tollgate on a highway linking Guilin and Beihai cities in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region gives receipts to a driver on Monday. [Photo / Xinhua]</FONT></DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left><STRONG>Expressway tolls remain long after construction costs have been repaid</STRONG></P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>BEIJING - A campaign targeting illegal toll collections started on Monday amid rising criticism of the country's tollway system.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>The year-long campaign will take down unauthorized tollbooths and close those that collect tolls after the authorized period has concluded.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left></P> <DIV> <TABLE style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" border=1 align=left> <TBODY></TBODY></TABLE></DIV> <DIV> <TABLE style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=244 bgColor=#f3f3f3 align=left> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=231 bgColor=#c1cddb align=left> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width=229> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width=231 bgColor=#fffde8> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=3> <P><FONT color=#cb0000 size=2 face=Arial><B>Related readings:</B></FONT><FONT color=#006699><FONT color=#006699><FONT size=2 face=Arial>?<BR><FONT color=#006699><FONT color=#006699><FONT size=2 face=Arial><FONT color=#006699><FONT size=2 face=Arial><IMG id=3908666 alt="Tollway system on target list" src="cts0013729e48090f6a1c673b.gif" md5="">?<A href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2011-06/15/content_12701190.htm">Tolls on road take a rising toll on drivers</A></FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT></P></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></DIV> <P align=left>The five government departments behind the campaign also plan to lower unreasonably high toll standards in some areas. </P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>The departments include the Ministry of Transport, which is in charge of road transport, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which controls pricing, and the Ministry of Finance, which is in charge of funds.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>The Ministry of Supervision and the State Council office for rectifying malpractices are also part of the campaign to ascertain where responsibility lies.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>During the period, local governments will suspend listing toll roads for funding and suspend overseas companies buying assets of State-owned toll roads.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>According to the work arrangement, the five government bodies will carry out investigations from now to the end of August.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Local governments will then be given time to introduce reforms themselves between September and December.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Next year the government departments will send teams to check the results and help local governments make corrections.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>"We will take measures to make sure the campaign is not carried out superficially," Minister of Transport Li Shenglin said at a televised meeting last Tuesday.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>It is not the first time that government bodies have tried to clean up the mess in the country's tollway system.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Since 1994, government departments including the transport and public security ministries have been fighting the unauthorized establishment of tollbooths, unjustified charges and arbitrary penalties.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>But previous efforts failed to solve the problems. Media reports said that some local governments set up several tollgates over a short distance, and others had approved extending toll collection periods beyond the period when the costs and loans had been paid off.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>A widely criticized example is the expressway heading to the Beijing Capital International Airport. The expressway was completed in 1993 with an investment of 1.165 billion yuan ($180 million), including loans of 765 million yuan.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>By 2005, the expressway had collected 3.2 billion yuan in tolls. But the Beijing municipal government decided in 1997, three years after the road started collecting tolls, that the expressway could collect tolls until 2022. It is estimated that the road could collect 9 billion yuan more from 2005 to 2022.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Liu Kaixiang, a law professor at Peking University, said that expressways have become cash printers for local governments, which is why solving the problems with toll roads has been so difficult.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>In China, expressway companies collecting tolls are directly linked to local governments. An investigative report by Nanfang Weekly showed that many board members at the 19 listed expressway companies are government officials from local transport departments.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>In other words, local transport departments not only benefit from collecting tolls, but also decide on the amount of the tolls and how long an expressway company can collect them.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>This fact made many experts pessimistic about the effectiveness of this campaign. Wu Wenhua, deputy director of the comprehensive transport institute with NDRC, said the campaign will intensify the "game-play" between central and local governments.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>&nbsp;</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>-------------------</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>COMMENTS</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>&nbsp;</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>ari 2011-06-21 14:02<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;Beijing Municipal Council = Public Administration? My foot! Seems that greed and corporate profits have replaced their as non profit enterprises set up on behalf and by the residents of Beijing. Since when did the officials of BMC have the authority to decide in this manner? Where is the check and balance? Where is the accountability? If they were elected officials, they would have been booted out of office. They were placed there to administer on behalf of residents; Not overlord and milk them! So the same dictat or principle of public administration must be measured against all Municipal councils all over China. Just who are they working for? Are they abusing their authority? How shall they be made accountable? Are they making decisions in deference to their convenience or interests or for the greater good of the majority of the residents? Decide and take action accordingly.<BR>&nbsp;<BR>&nbsp;apathetic 2011-06-21 10:35<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;Please also extend to the parking collection people who in many cases are rogues. It seems all you need is a chair, a dirty set of clothes that might be a uniform and some paper and you are licensed to charge motorists whatever number comes into your head for parking.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>The tollroads issue is a serious one as it is quite frustrating every time you drive anywhere it seems you are stopped and money taken....for what? Some of the roads aren't even that great.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>And to "Beijing City Gvmt"...this is a fairly standard trick of governments everywhere in the world. Tolls go on, but seldom come off.<BR>&nbsp;<BR>&nbsp;Beijing City Gvmt. 2011-06-21 09:00<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;The Beijing Airport Expressway toll fees must have repaid the construction costs multi-fold over, including the extentions to T3.<BR>This project has been printing money for the municipal government since its opening in the 1990-ies. <BR></P></DIV></BODY></HTML>