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

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020   •   474

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 regulators to impose ‘three-strike policy’ for RFID violators

Marje Pelayo   •   February 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) will implement a ‘three-strike’ policy at toll plazas and apprehend motorists with insufficient load in their RFID stickers.

This is prompted by several reports that some motorists are abusing the ‘no apprehension policy’ for vehicles without RFID and continuously ignoring the cashless payment system.

Because of this, all motorists who are repeatedly violating the RFID system by passing through RFID lanes with insufficient load balance will be apprehended the third time they commit the offense.

RFID system in expressways remains suspended ‘until further notice’ — TRB

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) announced that cashless transactions in expressways will remain suspended indefinitely.

According to TRB Spokesman Julius Corpus, the extension takes effect indefinitely to give toll operators enough time to fix and perfect the implementation of the radio frequency identification system (RFID).

This means all types of vehicles may pass through all expressway gates even without an RFID sticker as motorists may still pay in cash. 

Vehicles without RFID stickers will not be penalized or apprehended during the extended grace period.

Initially, the transition period for cash payments to cashless was until Monday (January 11).

In a way po is that tuloy-tuloy lamang po ang transition period until further notice. Tuloy-tuloy lamang po kahit na noon naipaalam natin sa mga motorista ang transition period ay hanggang January 11 lamang,” explained Corpus.

(In a way our transition period is ongoing until further notice. Though before we have informed the motorists that our transition period ends January 11, it is still ongoing.)

“Ang ating panibagong deriktiba ay ipagpapatuloy natin ang transition period na ito at para sa kapakanan po ng mga motoristang hindi pa nakabitan ng mga RFID stickers,” he concluded.

(Our new directive is that our transition period will continue for the benefit of motorists who still need to get RFID stickers.)

Toll Regulatory Board extends grace period for RFID system

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has extended the grace period for implementation of 100 percent cashless transaction on expressways.

TRB Spokesperson Julius Corpus said they will extend the grace period indefinitely to give toll operators enough time to fix the Radio Frequency Identification Card System (RFID).

Corpus said the grace period was supposed to end by January 11 but will be further extended as transition period continues. This is also to give motorists who still don’t have their RFID stickers, enough time to register.

“Tuloy-tuloy lamang po ang transition period until further notice. Noon naipaalam natin sa mga motorista ang transition period ay hanggang January 11 lamang. Ang ating panibagong direktiba ay ipagpapatuloy natin ang transition period na ito, (In a way the transition period will continue until further notice. We previously announced to motorists that the transition period will only last until January 11. Our new directive is to continue the transition period),” he said.

While the RFID installation is ongoing, motorists with no RFIDs will not be apprehended and can still pay cash at tolls. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)


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