Cavitex toll collection to go full electronic

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    Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. (CIC) is set to fully implement its electronic toll collection system at the Manila-Cavite expressway (Cavitex) by the end of the year.

    CIC said all extension booths at Parañaque toll plaza (northbound and southbound) will no longer serve cash transactions starting August 15, as part of a roadmap to convert all cash tollbooths into fully electronic lanes by yearend.

    “We are determined to implement 100 percent electronic toll collection to help our government lessen the spread of COVID-19 by means of contactless transactions,” said Roberto Bontia, CIC president and general manager.

    “Going fully electronic would ensure physical distancing at our toll lanes, as there would no longer be interactions between motorists and tollbooth cashiers,” he added.

    Besides contributing to nationwide efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019, Bontia said fully electronic toll roads will improve the economy through fast, safe and seamless movement of people and goods.

    “Once our tollroads are fully electronic, motorists would no longer have to queue at tollbooths to pay. This will result to fast passage through toll lanes,” he said.

    As the Cavitex is set to complete its transition into full electronic by November, motorists are reminded to avail of the Easytrip RFID (radio frequency identification) to avoid any inconvenience.

    The Easytrip RFID sticker is free and motorists would pay just the initial load of P500, which is consumable and non-expiring. There is also the Easytrip Stick-It-Yourself RFID from CIC’s partner, Easytrip Services Corp.

    These products can be purchased 24/7 at Customer Service Centers located before the northbound and southbound direction of Cavitex before the Parañaque Toll Plaza. These centers also offer RFID reloading services.

    Purchases may likewise be made online via Shopee mall.

    Cavitex is a 14-kilometer expressway along Bacoor Bay, beginning on Roxas Boulevard in Parañaque City and exiting at Bacoor City and Kawit City in Cavite.

    Aside from the Cavitex, CIC and its joint venture partner, Philippine Reclamation Authority, hold the concession for the 7.70-km Cavitex C5 Link expressway that runs from R-1 Parañaque City toll plaza to C-5 road in Taguig City.

    CIC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., which also owns the concessions for the Cavite-Laguna expressway, North Luzon expressway (NLEx), Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressway, NLEx Connector road and the Cebu-Cordova Link expressway in Cebu.