Vehicles without RFID barred from SLEX, Skyway starting Nov. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2020   •   803

MANILA, Philippines – Vehicles not equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers will not be allowed to enter the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Skyway beginning November 2, a tollway operator reminded motorists on Wednesday.

Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation (SOMCO) president Manuel Bonoan said this is in compliance with the order of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the mandatory use of cashless transactions at tollways which aims to limit interpersonal interactions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Kami po lahat ng transactions sa expressways ay magiging cashless na po. So, in other words, hindi na po tayo tatanggap ng cash pagpasok sa tollways, lahat po nito yung electronic toll collection system na ang ipaiiral natin thru RFID,” Bonoan said.

He said installation booths will be set up before the entrances of expressways to check for and provide RFID stickers to all passing vehicles.

Bonoan added that RFID stickers provided by their teams will be free of charge but motorists will have to load a minimum amount of P200 upon installation which they can immediately use when entering expressways.

“Marami naman po kaming installation stations na nakatalaga dito sa expressways at kung saan saan para sila makapagpakabit na po kaagad,” he said.

“Unang-una po yung mga sticker naman na RFID na inilalagay sa mga sasakyan ay libre po yun, magload lang po sila ng minimum ng 200 pesos para kaagad agad po pagka kayo ay nakabitan ng RFID pwede na ninyong gamitin sa inyo po yung P200,” he added.

The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) earlier announced that more than 70% of its tollgates are already RFID compliant, with plans to reach 100% compliance by Nov. 2.

The MPTC operates the North Luzon Expressway, Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway, Cavite Expressway and the Cavite Laguna Expressway.

Information on RFID installation sites may be viewed here. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mac Cordova)

Toll Regulatory Board says no postponement of 100% cashless transactions

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020

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)

Motorists can set appointment online to get RFID stickers – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists who have yet to install radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers can soon schedule an appointment to secure one, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr said the EasyTrip Services Corporation (ESC) has launched an online appointment system for faster and hassle-free RFID application.

Called Online RFID Reservation and Appointment System (ORRAS), motorists will be required to scan a QR code in order to book an appointment.

After accomplishing the registration process, applicants can then pick their preferred date, time and location for the sticker installation.

“With this, expressway motorists can now skip the long lines, and can now easily book their RFID sticker installation appointment online,” the DOTr said.

To secure an appointment via ORRAS, applicants must follow these steps:

  • Scan the Easytrip QR code found in the NLEX, CAVITEX, CALAX FB pages, Twitter, Instagram and website; Easytrip FB page and website.
  • Accomplish the registration.
  • When registration is successful, choose your preferred date, time, and location. Motorists are advised to ensure completeness and accuracy of data.

Once the process has been completed, a confirmation QR code will be sent to their email address.

On the day of the appointment, applicants are advised to present the email confirmation and their QR code at the installation site.

The department stressed that social distancing should be observed, and applicants should refrain from alighting their vehicle as a personnel will approach them to scan their QR code.

Upon validation, they will be required to pay the initial load of P 200 for CAVITEX and CALAX, and P 500 for NLEX. The RFID sticker will then be installed.

The EasyTrip appointment-only RFID sticker installation will be opened in selected locations:

  • Cavitex Paranaque Plaza Northbound
  • Cavitex Paranaque Plaza Southbound
  • C5 South Link Westbound
  • CALAX Greenfield (Mamplasan)
  • Shell Pamplona, Alabang-Zapote Rd., Las Pinas City
  • Shell Panapaan, Bacoor, Cavite (in front of Puregold Bacoor)
  • Shell Real 2, Aguinaldo Highway, Imus, Cavite (near Maynilad – Welcome to Imus Arch)
  • NLEX Drive and Dine, Canumay West, Valenzuela City

More online appointment-only locations will be added in the coming months, the DOTr said.

The DOTr also reminded motorists that there is “no need to panic” as the RFID installation will continue beyond December 1 for infrequent tollway travelers.

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)

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