Toll expressway operators are ready to implement full transition to cashless payment by early November in compliance with the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) order mandating contactless and cashless payment transactions in tollways to help prevent the transmission of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In statement, San Miguel Corp. — which operates South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), South Metro Manila Skyway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), NAIA Expressway (NAIAX) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) — said it will implement 100- percent cashless toll collection effective November 2.
In a separate statement, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) — operator of Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway, North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Cavite-Laguna Expressway — said the group will now accelerate all preparations to fully implement all-radio frequency identification (RFID) transactions in toll plazas by November .
Ramon Ang, SMC president and chief operating officer said , systems reconfiguration and the setting up of additional lanes have been implemented at its expressways, as is the free installation of RFID stickers for all types of vehicles.
At the Skyway, Ang said there are now 130 Electronic Toll Collection (ETC)-capable lanes.
At SLEX, 134 lanes are ETC-capable. All 36 lanes at the NAIAX and 58 lanes at STAR are already ETC capable. The TPLEX, meanwhile, has 37 ETC lanes being upgraded to 52.
Toll tellers who will be affected by lane automation will be reassigned to other areas of the tollways, including the new Skyway Stage 3 and the SMC Tollways’ RFID department.
SMC has introduced a scheme called “RFID To Go” where the sticker can be installed at the lanes with a minimum P200 load for Class 1 vehicles, and an amount equivalent to farthest toll for Class 2 and 3 vehicles.
MPTC said it will be ready to implement contactless toll payments consistent with the timeline,
Under the Department Order 2020-012, Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) shall ensure concessionaires and operators install electronic tags or other cashless systems, such as but not limited to, RFID, Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS), etc. for all motorists and motor vehicles using the toll expressways and transact only thru the cashless mode of payment of toll not later than Nov. 2, 2020.