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Moon's advisory panel says state highways will be toll-free on Chuseok holiday

All News 11:33 June 23, 2017

SEOUL, June 23 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's policy advisory panel said Friday that state-managed highways across the country will be toll-free during Chuseok, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving Day, in October.

During a press conference, Park Kwang-on, the spokesman of the State Affairs Planning Advisory Committee, also said the government will halve expressway toll fees for environmentally friendly vehicles, starting from September.

"There will be no fees for using state highways during the Chuseok holiday from Oct. 3-5," Park said.

During his election campaign earlier this year, Moon pledged to push for an "era of free highways" in a step-by-step fashion. But the panel has decided to make highways free of charge during major national holidays amid concerns that making all highways toll-free would impose a financial burden on the state.

This photo, taken on June 4, 2017, shows Park Kwang-on, the spokesman of the State Affairs Planning Advisory Committee, speaking during a press conference at its office in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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