Toll operators push for rate increase in 2017

admin   •   January 3, 2017   •   4319

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) has already incurred a P5-billion loss in revenue due to the pending implementation of their petition for a toll hike at the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB).

The TRB approved a toll hike in 2012 but it was not followed.

The MNTC said they will offer a system to convince the board of implementing the toll hike.

“We would have to sit down with the regulator and come up with a scheme on how the operators like NLEX. Hindi lang naman kami ang nag file ng petition for adjustments (We were not only ones who filed a petition for adjustments) to find us a way for operators to be able to recover their investment via adjustment in toll,” said MNTC president, Rod Franco.

The MNTC had made big improvements to the North Luzon Expressway: roads were widened and paved with asphalt; another lane was added to the Bocaue Toll Plaza; and toll payments were integrated for a speedier collection process.

The MNTC had spent P218 million for the project. The fund was not taken from the revenue but rather an additional capital.

But the TRB said there are many factors to consider before they can allow the toll hike.

They must identify first the percentage of the return of investment of the operator; number of vehicles using the expressway and improvements made.

Based on the contract, TRB must publish the toll hike petition in newspapers to get the public’s reaction.

“Sa tingin namin, hindi pa namin na ipa-publish yung gusto nilang mangyari na rates eh marami na kami natatanggap na opposition, “said TRB consultant and spokesperson, Bert Suansing.

(The way we see it, we haven’t even published the rates they wanted but we are already receiving a number of oppositions.)

The MNTC has brought the case to the arbitration court and is still awaiting decision.

The board admitted that there is a breach of contract concerning rate increase by the operator that must be implemented yearly.

But the board is holding on to the 2010 decision of the Supreme Court which gives them the power to decide whether to implement an increase or not. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News and Rescue

NLEX-SCTEX operator prepares for long weekend holiday

Maris Federez   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the operator of the North Luzon Expressway-Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (NLEX-SCTEX), has started preparing for the long weekend holiday.

In a statement, the MPTC said they expect a 10 percent increase in the volume of vehicles that will pass the NLEX-SCTEX starting October 29 to November 2.

The toll operator said they will implement extended working hours for their employees to give more attention to areas that are usually affected by the heavy flow of traffic.

“With traffic growth of 10% anticipated in NLEX-SCTEX, traffic management teams will adopt extended working hours to closely monitor and manage the expected high volume of vehicles in Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Bocaue, San Simon, San Fernando, Tarlac, and Tipo,” the MPTC management said.

The MPTC has also put on hold construction and closure activities in several expressway lanes.

As added service, the MPTC will post traffic situations in the expressway through the NLEX social media accounts. Other information may be obtained through the company’s 24/7 hotline number 1-35000. —/mbmf

Motorists warned of one-week drainage works on portion of NLEx in Valenzuela City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect heavy traffic flow along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) starting Monday (September 27).

The NLEx management is doing drainage enhancement works along the northbound lane of the expressway specifically in Valenzuela City area.

Specifically, a 200-meter portion of the rightmost lane of NLEx Valenzuela area will be closed to motorists.

Warning signs are installed to guide the public of the ongoing maintenance works for safety.

The NLEx management said maintenance works will last until Saturday (October 2).

SMC to start collecting toll for Skyway 3 on July 12

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) on Tuesday announced that it will start collecting toll for the Skyway Stage 3 on July 12, nearly seven months after it allowed the public free use of the 18-kilometer elevated expressway.

In an advisory, SMC said it will use a revised toll matrix that is “lower than the original proposed toll fees, particularly for motorists traveling shorter distances.”

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said the revised toll matrix, as approved by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), takes into consideration the pandemic, its impact on the economy, and on Filipinos.

The final toll rates will be announced prior to the start of toll collection.

SMC said the toll collection is in compliance with the issuance of a Toll Operating Permit and a Notice to Start Collecting Toll by the TRB on Skyway Stage 3.

“We thank the TRB for helping us determine the most equitable toll rates for our motorists. We know from experience that times are hard for many, and even a little relief for motorists can go a long way,” Ang said in a statement.

“These toll rates reflect our deferral of the collection of a substantial amount of the cost to build Skyway 3. We also further lowered the rates for those traveling shorter distances,” he added.

Ang said collected fees will enable the company to ensure continued efficient operations, maintenance, and safe driving conditions on the elevated expressway–particularly as daily traffic puts a heavy strain on the road infrastructure, necessitating significant maintenance costs.

Prior to the soft-opening of Skyway 3 at the end of December last year, SMC had opened to the public the Buendia to Plaza Dilao section of the elevated expressway in July 2019.

Since its opening, the Skyway Stage 3 has allowed motorists to experience seamless connection from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and vice versa.

It has reduced travel time from Alabang to Balintawak and vice versa, to only 30 minutes from the previous three hours, and from Buendia to Balintawak, to only 20 minutes.

The Skyway Stage 3 project was constructed with no cost to the government. SMC said it had spent over P80 billion or more than double its original cost to complete the project over a period that spans two administrations.

With the start of toll collection, SMC said the government can now also generate “significant income” from the expressway, as it imposes a 12 percent VAT on all toll fees.

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