Free highway tolls Dec. 27-Jan. 3

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Drivers may get stuck in traffic over the New Year’s holiday, but at least the tolls will be free.

Transportation Minister Sophon Saram announced Dec. 15 that the nation’s motorways would offer free tolls from 4 p.m. Dec. 27 through midnight Jan. 3.

Free motorways for a week, as the nation’s roads will not collect tolls from 4 p.m. Dec. 27 through midnight Jan. 3. Free motorways for a week, as the nation’s roads will not collect tolls from 4 p.m. Dec. 27 through midnight Jan. 3.

Weera Ruangsuksriwong, director-general of Department of Highways, said roads currently closed for maintenance or construction would be cleared and opened on Dec. 27 to ease traffic woes. At the same time, he said, the government also is stepping up safety precautions for the heavy traffic season.

Damaged sections of road would be blocked off and well-marked, he said. In addition, additional lights will be set up on rural roads.

“During New Year’s, the department ordered approximately 20,000 employees throughout the country to look after travelers,” Weera said.

Thailand’s highways already offer 220 rest stops for tired drivers. Each offer drinking water, a rest area and massage, he said.