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Tollway operators ready for 100% cashless transactions

Tollway operators ready for 100% cashless transactions

A total of 3.2 million  RFID stickers have been installed prior to the full implementation of the cashless transactions directive of the Department of Transportation for all tollways this coming December 1st.

This was the report presented by Atty. Mark Steven Pastor, Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure of the DOTr. 

In a virtual presscon staged this morning, Pastor also mentioned that RFID stickering activities for both Autosweep and Easytrip service providers are continuing and will go on past December 1. 

For the part of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, operator of NLEX, SCTEX, CALAX, C5 LINK and CAVITEX, a total of 1,523,991 Easytrip RFID stickers have been installed as of November 23. According to Atty. Romulo Quimbo Jr., MPTC Chief Communication Officer, there is now a  66.4% RFID usage rate among motorists plying the tollways under its management. This is up from the 31.9% usage rate only last July. 

A total of 911,938 Easytrip stickers have been installed since August 13, when the DOTr announced its plan to push for 100%  cashless tollway transactions through Department Order 2020-012. MPTC is expecting the installation of 250,000 more RFID  stickers to provide 100% coverage for its 440,000 average daily users.

For SMC Tollways, whose Autosweep RFID system is used in SLEX, SKYWAY, NAIAX, STARTOLL, TPLEX, and MCX, a total of 1.7 million RFID stickers have so far been installed. Engr. Manuel Bonoan, Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO) president, says that around 600,000 Autosweep RFID stickers have been installed since August this year. About 77% of those who use SMC’s highways are now equipped with RFID stickers. With a read rate of 98%, Bonoan says that SMC has long been ready to implement the cashless transaction directive of the DOTr. 

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Both tollway operators continue to assure the motoring public that RFID stickering will continue beyond the December 1 cashless transaction implementation date. SMC will increase its Autosweep installation sites to 100 locations or more. With Autosweep installation sites at gas stations operating 24/7 by November 28, 2020. 

MPTC and Easytrip meanwhile will designate specific toll lanes as onsite installation bays even as it continues stickering operations in 35 locations with 8 being 24/7 sites, and 12 by appointment. After December 1, NLEX gas stations will continue to have stickering sites from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with specific CAVITEX, C5 and CALAX sites operating as early as 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. depending on the location.

The DOTr is also reminding the public that no apprehensions or fines will be made for motorists who pass through the tollways without an RFID sticker until January 11, 2021. During this transition phase, both tollways will still accommodate motorists by directing them to installation bays either before or after a tollgate for RFID sticker installation. A fine of Php 1,000 will be levied on motorists who still have not adopted the RFID payment scheme after January 11 next year.