Toll Regulatory Board says no postponement of 100% cashless transactions

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020   •   207

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)

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)

NLEX, naghahanda na sa posibleng pagdagsa ng mga motorista

Robie de Guzman   •   December 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpakalat na ang pamunuan ng North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) ng mahigit 1,200 marshalls para sa inaasahang pagdagsa ng mga motorista ngayong holiday season.

Ayon sa NLEX, ang mga marshall ay itatalaga sa security patrols, emergency response at radio-frequency identification (RFID) assistance.

Inaasahan ng toll operator ang bahagyang pagtaas ng bilang ng mga bibiyahe para samantalahin ang mahabang holiday.

Sa tala ng NLEX, nasa 288,000 mga sasakyan ang dumaan sa NLEX pati na sa SCTEX nitong buwan ng Nobyembre at inaasahang tataas ito ng 10 hanggang 12 porsiyento ngayong holiday season.

Tiniyak naman ng NLEX Corporation na mananatiling nakabukas ang cash lanes para sa mga motoristang wala pang RFID tag at ngayon lamang ulit dadaan sa expressway.

“Expect a little more queues as we near Christmas… You can see our motorists who have not gotten their RFID stickers. They still have to queue on the cash lanes. But we are trying to move it as fast as possible,” ang pahayag ni Atty. Junji Quimbo, Senior Vice President ng NLEX Corporation.

Mananatili ring bukas ang cash entry lanes sa South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), STAR at Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) para sa mga hindi pa nagpapakabit ng RFID sticker.

Sa ngayon ay maluwag pa ang sitwasyon ng trapiko sa Balintawak toll plaza bagaman may kaunting build up sa cash lanes.

Ayon kay Quimbo, nakatulong para maibsan ang mabigat na trapiko sa toll plazas ang pag-aalis sa RFID installation booths sa mismong toll gates.

“The instances of glitches are going down, we, of course, record every possible glitch that happens but the smoother flow in traffic at the toll gates especially along the RFID lanes have shown improvements. There are no more long queues there,” ang pahayag ni Quimbo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Harlene Delgado)


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