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Tuesday, 31st May 2011
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Government to consider toll-free Tohoku expressway

Highways in the earthquake-stricken region of Tohoku could soon be made toll free, under plans being considered by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.

The government is due to earmark 60 billion yen (£446 million) for the move in its second emergency budget, Kyodo news reports.

This would result in a six-month period of toll-free driving starting in autumn, to aid recovery in the region.

Currently there is a 1,000 yen cap on expressway tolls in the region, but this is due to expire in the middle of next month.

The new scheme would be open to any Japanese resident whose house was either severely damaged or destroyed by the March 11th earthquake.

Furthermore, larger vehicles, such as buses and trucks could also be allowed to use the expressways for free.

The government plans to secure resources for the plan by changing highway firms' existing discount systems, the news provider added.

Written by Susan Ballion

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