MOT: Passenger flow in China down 45%, steps taken to normalize transportation

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 10:45:43 (GMT+3)   |   Shanghai

Passenger flow during the recent Chinese New Year holiday is estimated to have decreased by 45 percent year on year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, as announced by China’s Ministry of Transportation (MOT).

As of February 16, 14 provinces, including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and others, have resumed transportation on interprovincial roads.

In labor-exporting provinces and regions, for example Chongqing, Jiangxi, Fujian and Sichuan, related departments have arranged special means of transportation to help migrant workers return to their places of work while ensuring minimal contact with other people in order to reduce the risk of virus infection.

Meanwhile, as reported by SteelOrbis on February 17, all high-speed roads in China will be exempted from monetary charges as of 0:00 on February 17 until the end of measures for the prevention and control of the coronavirus.

Currently, the disruption of transportation has remained a key factor negatively affecting production in all industries, while departments of the Chinese government have issued measures to ease transportation difficulties, aiming to ensure normal production of enterprises as soon as possible.  

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