Installation of RFID stickers in expressways extended beyond November 2 – TRB

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020   •   241

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists without radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers would still be allowed entry to toll plazas even with the implementation of the electronic toll collection system in expressways on November 2, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) said.

In a statement Sunday, TRB Executive Director Abraham Sales said toll operators have expressed readiness to shift to contactless transactions as directed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to promote cashless transactions and to ensure more efficient flow of traffic.

Sales said the installation of RFID stickers in expressways has also been extended beyond the November 2 deadline.

“It’s all systems go at the toll roads. All lanes will be RFID lanes. Those without RFID stickers will be allowed entry to the toll plaza and will be led to a nearby area for their RFID subscription before being allowed to proceed with their expressway travel,” he said.

“Further, to avoid overcrowding at toll plazas and to accommodate infrequent toll road users, the operators have extended the RFID installation,” he added.

The DOTr earlier issued Department Order 2020-012 which mandated cashless collections on expressways in line with the government’s thrust to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to facilitate ease of passage.

Under the order, the TRB, an attached agency of the DOTr, shall ensure that operators install electronic tags or other cashless systems for all motorists and motor vehicles using the expressways and transact only thru the cashless mode of payment.

The Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) operates the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), the C5 Link and the the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) expressways.

The San Miguel Corp. (SMC) meanwhile operates the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Skyway System, the NAIA Expressway, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

The MPTC earlier said motorists who will not have Easytrip RFID stickers installed by November 2 will still be allowed passage in NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, C5 Link and CALAX, but will be directed to the RFID installation lanes where they can have their RFID stickers installed.

The corresponding toll fee charge for their passage on that particular day will then be deducted from the initial load that they paid in getting the RFID stickers.

Meanwhile, SMC expressways said it will also extend the free installation of its Autosweep RFID stickers.

The toll operator emphasized that November 30 will be the absolute deadline. After this, vehicles without RFID stickers will not be allowed to enter SMC-operated tollways including Skyway, SLEX, NAIAX, STAR Tollways, and TPLEX.

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.

Mga motorista, pinag-iingat sa pagbili ng hindi otorisadong RFID stickers online

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Pinaalalahanan ng Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) ang publiko na mag-ingat sa pagbili ng mga hindi otorisadong radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers sa online market.

Ginawa ng MPTC ang paalala kasunod ng pagkalat sa social media ng mga RFID stickers na ibinibenta sa halagang P700 hanggang P800 sa gitna ng pagkukumahog ng maraming motorista na magpalagay ng sticker bago ang pagpapatupad ng cashless toll collection sa mga expressway sa Disyembre 1.

Ang MPTC ang operator ng North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), C5 Link at ang Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).

Ayon sa MPTC, hindi otorisado ang pagbebenta ng RFID stickers online sa mas mataas na presyo.

Giit ng kumpanya, libre lang ang pagpapakabit ng RFID sticker para sa mga motoristang dumadaan sa expressways at tanging P200 o P500 na initial load lamang ang kailangang bayaran.

Maaari din umanong magdulot ng aberya sa toll gate ang RFID stickers na binili online dahil posibleng hindi ito mababasa ng kanilang sistema.

“It becomes a headache for the customer if he bought it from the reseller, and the number and the registration does not add up. It becomes a problem also for the other motorists in the toll lane,” ang pahayag ni Atty. Romulo Quimbo, ang Senior Vice President ng NLEX Corporation.

“The reason why we encourage people to have their stickers installed by our people is because our people are, obviously, they know how to install it. They know how to put it,” dagdag pa niya.

Pinapayuhan ang mga motorista na magpakabit lamang ng RFID sa opisyal na installation sites ng MPTC.

Una nang iniurong ng DOTr sa Disyembre 1 ang implementasyon ng cashless transaction sa mga expressway upang bigyan ng dagdag na panahon ang mga motorista na makapagpalagay ng RFID sticker.

Ang sinumang motorista na magpupumilit dumaan sa toll gate nang walang RFID sticker ay maaaring maharap sa parusa.

“Pagka magpipilit kang pumasok dun sa expressway na wala kang RFID and then you will obstruct yung traffic flow dahil hindi ka makakapasok, that would be a violation already,” ang pahayag ni Engr. Abraham Sales, ang Executive Director ng Toll Regulatory Board.

Una nang tiniyak ng mga pamunuan ng expressways ang kahandaan sa pagpapatupad ng cashless toll collection na layuning mabawasan ang physical contact kontra COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

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