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2020 Olympics traffic control plan based on license plates scrapped

JIJI

Authorities have scrapped the idea of restricting usage of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Expressway during the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics based on a random selection of private vehicle license plates, sources said Friday.

The organizing committee for the games and the central and Tokyo Metropolitan governments decided the idea was unfeasible because of the amount of equipment and level of staffing that would be required, the sources said.

Organizers hope to keep plans to impose a surcharge of ¥1,000 on vehicles, excluding trucks and others used for logistical purposes, that will use the expressway in the daytime and halve tolls for nonpeak hours, they said.

The central government will present a draft of the plans at a meeting with experts on Monday.

In other measures to ease traffic congestion, the committee and the metropolitan government are requesting that companies encourage employees to work at home and are planning to close some Metropolitan Expressway entrance gates.

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