Valenzuela mayor suspends business permit of NLEX operator
Marje Pelayo • December 7, 2020 • 281
MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City refused to give North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Corporation a 15-day extension to submit an action plan on the heavy traffic caused by the toll operator’s cashless payment system.
Gatchalian said the Corporation should have submitted its proposal on the deadline which was Monday (December 7).
Due to NLEx Corporation’s failure to submit by Monday afternoon, Gatchalian personally filed a suspension order on NLEx’ business permit before the city council.
Thereafter, the local chief executive himself served the local government’s order suspending NLEx Corporation’s business permit to its representatives.
Mayor Gatchalian, however, clarified that they are not suspending the entire NLEx operation but only its tollways collecting power in the areas under the city’s jurisdiction.
He said that ordered that tollgate barriers should remain raised to allow motorists to pass in the said toll plazas within Valenzuela without having to pay any fees.
Earlier, despite the apologies expressed by the NLEx management to the people of Valenzuela, Gatchalian said “sorry” is not enough and a better service from NLEx is what the paying public deserves.
Gatchalian noted also that the city government and truckers have been losing income because of the unfavorable traffic situation in the expressway.
“Araw-araw hundreds and hundreds o thousands ang inoobliga na magkabit ng RFID Stickers tapos kukunin nila ang pera ng tao kasi pre-paid iyon, tapos walang kapalit na serbisyo [Everyday, hundreds or thousands of motorists are obliged to install RFID stickers. They collect the money from people because that’s pre-paid, and yet they don’t get the service they deserve]?” the Mayor said.
“Doon nagagalit ang taumbayan [That’s what disappoints the people]. You’re charging me ahead of time but I cannot use your service properly? Bulok ang kanilang RFID System [Their RFID System is so poor],” he added saying the NLEx Management should fix its RFID system before it makes the system mandatory.
Meanwhile, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation that manages NLEx promised to resolve the problem as soon as possible.
“We actually acknowledge na meron tayong mga technical problems in the implementation of RFID 100. We intend to address these technical problems as soon as possible,” Atty. Romulo Quimbo, the MPTC’s Chief Communication said. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Wednesday (January 20) that it targets to open the 5-kilometer portion of the NLEX Connector by the end of 2021.
The first 5 kilometers of the NLEX Connector links Caloocan Interchange, C3 and España Boulevard in Manila.
“Spanning a total of eight kilometers, the DPWH said the full NLEX Connector will be an all vehicle class elevated expressway that will traverse the C3 Road in Caloocan City pass through Abad Santos, Blumentritt, Dimasalang, España, Magsaysay Boulevard and eventually connect with the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa in Manila,” the DPWH said.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the project aims to ease traffic along EDSA.
The full NLEX Connector that spans 8 kilometers will feature four toll plazas and interchanges from C3 and España.
It is expected to reduce travel time between NLEX and South Luzon Expressway from two hours to just 20 minutes.
The 23-billion project is also seen to provide better access to Manila Ports (North Harbor) and airports (NAIA and Clark).
“Kapag natapos itong connector lalong luluwag ang EDSA kasi lahat ng trucks na galing sa port magkakaroon ng option na mag NLEX or mag SLEX (As soon as the connector is completed, EDSA will be decongested as all trucks from the port will have the option to use either the NLEX or SLEX),” he said.
Villar said as they strive to complete the first 5 kilometers, they will also target to complete the NLEX Connector up to Sta. Mesa, Manila before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends. —AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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)
MANILA, Philippines – The toll holiday being implemented in North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) toll plazas in Valenzuela City has ended at 12 noon on Wednesday after Mayor Rex Gatchalian ordered the conditional lifting of the suspension of the company’s business permit, the local government said.
Gatchalian last week ordered the suspension due to the toll operator’s failure to comply with the city’s directive to address issues on the RFID installation and improve its services.
“The city government of Valenzuela and NLEX Corporation have come to a meeting of the minds this morning, 10:30 am, December 16, 2020,” the city government said in an advisory.
“Both parties believe that this is the right direction to take to ease the burden of the riding public,” it added.
The city government and NLEX Corp. have also agreed to implement barriers up scheme in all RFID lanes in toll plazas in Valenzuela City from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and reinstate cash lanes.
They have also agreed to upgrade the RFID system and account management to “address growing consumer complaints to be completed on or before January 30, 2021.”
“Both parties have also agreed to create a technical working group, composed of CGOV and NLEX key personnel, who will continuously meet to innovate traffic and account management initiatives,” the city government said.
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