Cashless, contactless payments to be required in toll expressways – DOTr
Robie de Guzman • August 24, 2020 • 610
MANILA, Philippines – Motorists using toll expressways will soon be required to use cashless or contactless transactions, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Monday.
In a statement, the DOTr said the move is part of its efforts to further protect the public from contracting the infectious novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
It will also complement other health protocols being enforced by the government, such as physical distancing, as it aims to limit human intervention and remove the traffic queuing and congestion at toll plazas, it added.
Under Department Order 2020-012, which was signed on August 13, concerned agencies were mandated to formulate new processes within 3 months to ensure the smooth implementation of the new policy.
The department order also directed Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), among others to promulgate rules for the transition to an electronic toll collection system and submit a study exploring ways to implement a full cashless and contactless system along expressways.
“We carry with us the burden of ensuring that our transport facilities will not be a transmission vector of the disease, while at the same time, providing an efficient system of public transport. With both tasks at hand, there is a need to strike a balance. Requiring contactless transactions is one of our ways of doing it,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
And in achieving the balance, naiintindihan natin na hindi laging magiging madali sa umpisa. If there will be initial inconveniences, let us look forward to the long-term benefit of it,” he added.
The DOTr said contactless transactions will be implemented in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX), North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), South Metro Manila Skyway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) ; and all other road networks, including any extension of the existing expressway facilities.
The department earlier directed public utility vehicles and other ride-hailing services to use a cashless payment scheme to limit physical contact as well as the risk of contracting coronavirus disease.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that the start of the implementation of full cashless transactions on expressways has been moved from November 2 to December 1.
In an advisory, the DOTr said the enforcement of the 100% cashless transaction was pushed to a later date to give more time for motorists who have yet to install radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers on their vehicles.
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), an attached agency of the DOTr supervising toll road operations, earlier said that the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) have expressed readiness to implement cashless toll collections but have extended the installation of the RFID stickers beyond November 2.
But according to the DOTr, the deadline will no longer be extended beyond December 1.
Motorists who fail to conform to the government mandate will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket, it added.
DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor reminded motorists to make use of the extended deadline to have RFIDs installed in their vehicles as early as they can.
“Iwasan natin ‘yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, tsaka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID. Now, we are extending the deadline to give further consideration. Let us use the extension wisely,” Pastor said.
The DOTr earlier issued Department Order 2020-012, which ordered the full implementation of cashless toll collections at expressways and major toll roads, in line with the government’s thrust to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to avoid traffic congestion in toll plazas. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said it is now looking for other automated fare collection system providers following the suspension of the mandatory use of Beep cards in the EDSA Busway.
The DOTr said it wants value card service providers that can give value cards to passengers in lower price or free of charge.
The value cards should also be interoperable or can be used in other forms of public transport.
According to Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has met with other service providers to discuss proposals about the implementation of cashless transactions.
“Yung direction ni Secretary Tugade dito at ng DOTr yung cashless transactions should be able to operate on an integrated manner and it should be inter-operable before the end of this year. So, that is the target,” she said.
“Ang sabi ni Secretary Tugade there should be no monopoly and we need to open the automated fare collection system to all providers but they should be able to integrate and operate the system for free,” she added.
Aside from value cards, the DOTr is also looking into the use of QR code-based electronic ticketing system on the EDSA Busway.
The suspension of the mandatory use of Beep cards came after its provider, AF Payments Inc. refused the DOTr’s request to cut the fee of Beep cards alone.
The AF Payments Inc., however, offered to give away 125,000 Beep cards free of charge to commuters who cannot afford one.
The DOTr welcomed the move but it still insists that the value cards should be given for free.
President Rodrigo Duterte, in a public address late Monday night, said the Beep cards should be provided for free, adding that he will look for resources to fund the subsidized cards. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
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