San Miguel Corp. (SMC) yesterday said 2.7 million motorists now have Autosweep RFID tags, significantly higher than in 2019.
The company had issued 1.3 million stickers to motorists from 2015 to 2019.
“More and more people are realizing the benefits of cashless transactions along our toll roads especially in this pandemic. It saves motorists time and money as it cuts travel time and reduces fuel consumption. Apart from that, it helps in improving air quality along our road systems,” Ramon Ang, SMC president, said.
Earlier, SMC also reported use of electronic toll collection at its expressways has increased to 84.9 percent despite the continuing availability of cash lanes.
Ang said the company expects the number to go up further, even as government has deferred, until further notice, the full implementation of cashless toll collection along expressways, originally set for January 11.
SMC operates the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, South Luzon Expressway, Skyway System, NAIA Expressway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.
Government mandated toll operators last year to transition to fully cashless transactions as a safety measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Our roving caravans continue to go from village to village to install RFID stickers while our 160 installations sites are still available to motorists. We encourage everyone to join us in embracing this system for a better, safer and convenient travel experience especially in this time of COVID-19,” Ang said.
This year, the company has already issued 304,571 stickers to various motorists in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in less than just two months.