Authorities in Fujian province and Taiwan will strive to make it eligible for their vehicles to drive on each others’ roads in 2015, in a bid to further increase cross-Straits traffic, China News Service reported on Jan 8.
Fujian will adopt a mechanism in the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone, allowing Taiwanese vehicles for commercial purposes to enter and exit Pingtan without restrictions, according to an official with the Fujian Provincial Transport Department.
A truck loaded with a Goddess Matsu statue from Taiwan was transported by ferry to Pingtan for a Matsu worshipping ritual in April last year, marking the first time that a Taiwanese vehicle had entered Fujian.
The sea and air traffic between Fujian and Taiwan continued to flourish in 2014.
A record high of 1.71 million passenger trips were taken by sea in 2014, growing by 12 percent from the previous year, according to Fujian’s marine traffic authorities.
The volume of passengers by air amounted to 820,000 in the first 11 months of 2014, up by 17 percent year on year. Cargo throughput by sea and air reached 22 million tons and 250 million tons, respectively, up by 4 percent and 18 percent.