LGUs urged to push cashless toll payment


    NLEX Corp. has asked local government units (LGUs) in Bulacan and Pampanga to encourage the use of cashless toll payments as a measure to prevent the transmission of the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    In its series of dialogues with LGUs, the operator of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), discussed the company’s transition to contactless transactions through radio frequency identification or RFID platform, in line with the Department of Transportation’s digitalization drive.

    The RFID is a small, paper-thin, and battery-less sticker that is directly mounted onto the vehicle’s windshield or headlight.

    NLEX Corp. is shifting from cash to full RFID-enabled toll collection lanes before the year ends and is ramping up its information drive by offering more ways to make it convenient for motorists to avail the RFID.

    Among these efforts include putting up more installation sites including 24/7 ones and making the Stick-It-Yourself stickers available onsite and online.

    The Angeles City Council recently passed a resolution advising the general public to use RFID when passing through the expressways.

    The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. recognized the benefits of using RFID as it will not only reduce the queues in the toll lanes, but more importantly, mitigate the threat of the COVID-19 to the delivery of essential goods and services.