Pamasahe at presyo ng ilang bilihin, posibleng maapektuhan kung tataas ang singil sa toll

admin   •   November 12, 2014   •   3004

FILE PHOTO: Ang pila ng mga sasakyang magbabayad ng toll fee sa kanilang paggamit ng North Luzon Expressway o NLEX. (UNTV News)

MANILA Philippines – Posibleng tumaas ang presyo ng ilang mga bilihin at maging ang pamasahe kapag naaprubahan na ang petisyon ng mga tollway operator sa Luzon sa Toll Regulatory Board (TRB).

Humirit ng dagdag na 15% ang North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), 33% naman sa South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), 25% sa CAVITEX, habang 16% naman sa Star Tollway

Naglabas na ang NLEX ng breakdown para sa kasalukuyan at hinihinging increase sa toll fee.

Ang dating P45.00 sa mga Class 1 na sasakyan gaya ng kotse ay magiging P52.00 na kapag na aprubahan, P131.00 sa Class 2 gaya ng mga bus mula sa dating P114.00 at P157.00 sa mga Class 3 gaya ng ten- wheel truck mula sa dating P136.00.

Sa ngayon ay wala pang ibinibigay na breakdown sa TRB ang SLEX, CAVITEX at Star Tollway.

Ayon sa Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP), bagama’t maliit na porsyento lamang ang logistics sa presyo ng mga produkto, sigurado na maipapasa rin ito sa publiko.

Ilan sa maaaring maapektuhan ay ang presyo ng mga gulay at poultry products na iniluluwas galing sa mga probinsya.

“Hindi okey, kasi any increases in price hindi okey yan, kasi for private persons your paying for convenience pero yung mga gumagamit ng trucking services yung pagtaas cost will convert sa pagtaas ng prices,” pahayag ni SCMAP Secretary General Norman Adriano.

Kahit ang mga jeep, bus at UV Express ay mapipilitang humingi sa LTFRB ng fare adjustment kung matutuloy ang taas-singil sa tollways.

Subalit ang ilang transport operators, susubukan munang tutulan ang petisyon ng mga tollway operator.

Ilan sa mga apektadong ruta ng mga jeep sa NLEX ay ang Monumento-Marilao, Monumento-Sta. Maria, Angeles-San Fernando at Apalit-San Fernando. Apektado rin ang ruta ng mga jeep sa SLEX na may biyaheng Alabang-GMA Cavite at Alabang-Pacita via Susana.

“Itong pagtaas na ito ay walang tinutungtungan na basehan except lang sa nakasaad sa kontrata nila na pinapayagan sila ng TRB,” saad ni PISTON President George San Mateo.

Ayon naman sa TRB, sisiguruhin nilang susuriing mabuti ang petisyon bago ito ipatupad.

Ang petisyon ay base sa concession agreement ng mga tollway operator na kung saan ay nakatakda silang magtaas ng singil kada dalawang taon.

“Bagama’t may karapatan silang humingi ng pagtaas o pag-adjust ng rates hindi naman po ito automatic. Yan po ay dadaan sa isang proseso na nakasaad sa batas at yan po ay susuriing mabuti ng pamunuan bago sila magbigay ng pagpapasya,” ani Julius Corpuz, tagapagsalita ng TRB. (Mon Jocson / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Cavite Expressway Segment 1 toll rates to go up starting Oct. 24

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists plying the Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) will have to shell out more money as toll rates at Segment 1 of the expressway are set to go up starting Oct. 24.

Metro Pacific Tollways South Corp., which operates Cavitex, said the toll hike will be implemented after the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) approved its petition.

In an advisory posted on Twitter, the toll operator said rates at the 7-kilometer phase 1 of segment 1 will be hiked by P1 class 1 vehicles, P2 for class 2 and P3 for class 3 vehicles. This will bring new rates to P25, P50, and P75, respectively.

The operator also announced that a provisional toll will also be collected beginning Oct. 24 at the Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway.

Class 1 vehicles will have to pay P22, class 2 vehicles will be charged P44 and class 3 vehicles will have to pay P66.

The first 2.2 kilometers of Cavitex-C5 Link Expressway opened to the public last July 22.

SLEX, Skyway postpones Oct. 14 implementation of window hours for trucks

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation (SOMCO) on Friday announced it has postponed the planned implementation of window hours for trucks coming from Southern Luzon to Metro Manila.

SOMCO earlier said that Manila-bound trucks will only be limited to midday trips via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and STAR Toll Plaza beginning Monday, Oct. 14, in a bid to ease heavy traffic in the area.

The toll operator previously announced that trucks can only pass through the SLEX between 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and between 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. For the STAR Tollway, trucks may pass from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and between 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Manuel Bonoan, president of SOMCO, explained that they decided to defer the implementation of window hours to refine the policy for sectors involved.

“May mga truckers kasi who have been asking reconsideration for ‘yung signages namin kasi there are trucks coming from the south na actually do not reach Alabang viaduct, irerefine lang namin siguro yung mga signanes sa mga toll plazas namin,” Bonoan told UNTV News in a phone interview.

The planned implementation of window hours for trucks comes amid heavier traffic flow towards the metro due to ongoing construction of a ramp extension.

This week, the toll operator imposed one-way traffic at the east service road northbound from Alabang to Sucat Interchange to give way for the construction of the at-grade portion of an extended Skyway ramp, seen to be completed next month.

The traffic jam along the expressway has prompted some lawmakers to call for the suspension or reduction of toll rates at SLEX to provide relief to motorists.

According to Julius Corpuz, spokesperson for the Toll Regulatory Board, the proposal has been forwarded to the toll operator for discussion.

“Naipaabot na po natin yan sa management ng ating project concessionaire at ganun din siguro sila tinitignan nila kung ano yung posibilidad tungkol dyan sa panukalang magkaroon muna ng toll fee reduction or suspension dito sa SLEX,” he said.

SOMCO said the construction is being fast-tracked to avoid further congestions during the holiday season.

A portion of the project is expected to be completed by November while the entire Skyway extension is seen to be finished by the last quarter of 2020. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Traffic management plan sought amid worsening traffic in SLEx

Marje Pelayo   •   October 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Traffic situation has become heavier along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) after its third lane was closed specifically the section where the construction of the Skyway Project is ongoing.

Commuters have been complaining as travel time from San Pedro in Laguna to Makati City usually takes up to an exhausting four hours of ride.

Residents in Muntinlupa City area also lament that the project has not only affected their income but their daily routine as well.

“There was not enough lead time for them to be informed for them to come up with, for us to come up with a management plan,” said Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon.

“(Nowadays) from Alabang all the way to Tunasan is a daily bog down, so life practically stops,” he added.

To address the problem, House Transportation Committee Chairman Edgar Sarmiento urges government agencies to immediately come up with a traffic management plan based on the data that transpired in the House Committee hearing on Wednesday (October 2).

“Isang taon mahigit itong project nila. Ngayon we are only October of 2019. Matatapos po iyan December of 2020. Kung iisipin nyo po arawan na arawan ganyan ang ibibigay natin sa mga tao, napakahirap,” Sarmiento argued.

(This project has been ongoing for a year already. Now, it’s October 2019 and it is expected to complete in December of 2020. Imagine the situation each and every day. This is what we serve the public and this is inconvenient.)

The Skyway O&M Corporation that manages the Skyway Project has apologized for the problems the construction is causing the commuters.

But the firm maintains that once Stage 3 of the project is completed, traffic flow will return to normal.

Sarmiento expects that the traffic plan will be ready for the next Committee hearing. MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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