Shenzhen will initiate a study on the feasibility of instituting high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on Meiguan Expressway and Nanping Expressway, two expressways linking to the city’s CBDs.
Unlike high-occupancy vehicles (HOV) lanes, HOT lanes allow single occupant vehicles (SOV) to gain access to HOT lanes if they choose to pay the applicable toll.
The move aims to encourage carpooling and reduce the number of vehicles on roads by using price and occupancy restrictions.
“Vehicles carrying more occupants can pay less and even enjoy toll-free travel. The benefit of HOT lanes is that they can act as fast lanes during traffic jams,” Xu Zhongping, deputy chief of Shenzhen Transportation Commission said.