DOTr moves implementation of cashless toll collections to December 1

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2020   •   216

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)

Toll Regulatory Board says no postponement of 100% cashless transactions

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Toll Regulatory Board said it is not postponing the full implementation of cashless transactions though it acknowledged the glitches encountered with the surge of motorists during the long weekend.

But the agency said traffic situation improved on Wednesday (December 2) in expressways.

“Much better po ang kanilang [operation] ngayon, ganun po siguro birth pains po sa umpisa talagang nagkakaroon ng glitches ng problema. We will continue to monitor with the operators para ma-improve ang situations,” said the Board’s executive director Abe Sales.

Meanwhile, the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) removed the cash lanes it installed on Tuesday (December 1) and turned all lanes into RFID Only lanes.

Many motorists opted to have their RFID stickers installed at the toll way which resulted in heavy traffic due to the volume of vehicles passing through.

Also, some motorists had insufficent load in their RFID which added to the challenges apart from the technical glitches that motorists had to endure.

Still, the Toll Regulatory Board has no plans of postponing the full implementation of the new policy.

The agency said it gave the operators and motorists enough time to prepare and adjust to the new system.

“Ang gobyerno naman po ay nagbibigay ng konsiderasyon and that is why on top of the 3-month transition period, we gave from August to NOvember and the extension we granted from Novermber 1 to December 1 we have decided to implement a transition period from December 1 to January 11 and to still maintain RFID stickering lanes evan after that,” said DOTr ASec. Goddess Hope Libiran.

“We think the net effect will still be the same,” she added.

Instead of postponement, the DOTr ordered toll operators to establish additional off-site RFID installation areas in malls or gasoline stations.

The Board and toll operators remind motorists to make sure their RFID has enough load before going through the toll gate to avoid delays and causing inconvenience to other motorists. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

No penalty for motorists without RFID stickers until Jan. 11 — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The full implementation of cashless transactions in all major expressways in the country is all set for December 1.

This means all tollways will no longer accept cash payment in line with the government’s effort to curb the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This is the reason why motorists are encouraged to secure RFID stickers as early as possible.

Motorists using the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) and the Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAEx) are required to have the Easy Trip RFID sticker.

Meanwhile, motorists plying the Skyway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), Star Tollway and the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX) are required to have the Autosweep RFID sticker.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified however, that the December 1 deadline is set only for tollway operators and it does not apply to motorists.

“Iyong pagkakabit po kasi ng RFID stickers ay magpapatuloy kahit matapos na ang December 2020 lalo na para doon sa mga first time toll users sa mga bagong sasakyan,” said DOTr ASec. Goddess Hope Libiran.

“Kung puno na ang slots sa online appointment systems doon ka po sa tollgate kakabitan,” she added.

The DOTr will have a transition period for motorists to have ample time to adapt to the system.

From December 1 to January 11, 2021, motorists without RFID stickers will not be penalized even if they pass the tollways.

“After January 11 hindi na po lahat ng lanes sa tollgate ay pwedeng maconvert na stickering lane. Maari lang po silang ma-tiketan kung sila po ay pipila doon sa RFID only lane lalo na kung sila ay magdudulot po ng aberya o ng abala dun sa mga sasakyan na nasa likuran nila,” Libiran said.

As the deadline approaches, the DOTr will intensify its RFID installation making it operational 24/7 aside from the online appointments and special lanes so that more motorists will be able to avail.

Meanwhile, tollway operators advised motorists to refrain from purchasing RFID stickers online to avoid problems and make sure the stickers are installed properly.

“We’re just imposing few more controls because ang pagkakabit ng sticker by the customers themselves. We also found out medyo prone to mistakes. Sa dami po ng klase ng sasakyan natin meron pa ring margin of error na pagdating po natin sa toll lane magkakaproblema,” reminded Atty Romulo Quimbo Jr, MPTC Chief Communications Officer.

Angkas, JoyRide get provisional authority to resume operations

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ride-hailing service providers, Angkas and JoyRide on Tuesday received a go signal to resume their operations under the extended Motorcycle Taxi Pilot program, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

The DOTr said the Motorcycle Taxi Technical Working Group (MC Taxi TWG) issued the Provisional Authority to Operate for both firms.

“The provisional authority shall be valid from Nov. 24 until Dec. 9,” the department said in a statement.

The DOTr, however, said that Angkas still needs to comply with the requirements set forth by the National Task Force (NTF) and the MC Taxi TWG such as the provision of insurance for both rider and passenger in case of accidents.

Angkas and JoyRide also need to comply with the mandatory use of thermal scanners to accurately detect if the passenger has a fever (for discussion with the NTF).

Once Angkas and JoyRide are able to fully comply with the requirements, a Certificate of Compliance shall be issued to them by the MC Taxi TWG, the agency said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in October endorsed the resumption of a pilot study on the operation of motorcycle taxis.

The pilot study resumed on Monday, Nov. 23, as an extension of the pilot run to aid legislation on proposals to legalize motorcycle taxi services.

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