Background of ETC
The motorized society which developed in tandem with the establishment of toll roads has dynamically expanded our range of activities while enriching and coloring our daily lives.
However, traffic jams caused by the concentration of cars on convenient toll roads are increasing year by year.
Traffic jams are caused by saturated roads, which mean that jams can be resolved by increasing the flow of traffic.
Up until now, there have been active efforts to widen roads in order to alleviate traffic jams but these initiatives soon reached their limit, bringing about the need for a fundamental system reform of toll roads.
This marked the beginning of the ETC project.
ETC = Electronic Toll Collection System
Characteristics of Japan's ETC System
Toll roads in Japan are operated and administrated by multiple toll road companies.
There are also various fee systems such as flat rate fees, distance fees, etc.
However, as the system is unified and used nationwide, there is no inconvenience to users wherever they go.