3-strike policy vs. RFID violators to be imposed starting Feb 22

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) said it would implement the three-strike policy against violators or motorists who do not pay enough toll fees starting February 22. But they would only do this if toll operators would first comply with the minimum operating standards.

During a House committee hearing Wednesday, Representative Ruffy Biazon noted that it would be better if it is ensured that toll operators are following the minimum operating standards before RFID violators are penalized.

“It’s just fair na nagko-comply ng minimum operating standards ang operators before we penalize the so-called three-strike violators,” Biazon said.

Transportation Undersecretary for Finance and alternate chairman for the TRB Garry de Guzman agreed and ensured that the three-strike policy would not immediately be imposed.

“Sinisigurado po natin sa motorists that we will be fair before we implement the three-strike policy, we should be able to be convinced that the operators are ready also. Hindi po puwedeng basta na lang tayo maga-adopt…” De Guzman said.

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3-strike policy vs. RFID violators to be imposed starting Feb 22

De Guzman said that the TRB is already in the final process of drafting and adopting the minimum operating standards for the toll operators.

“Tama po kayo… nasa final stages na po kami ng pagdraft and pag-adopt ng minimum performance standards and key performance indicators for the operators. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon maga-adopt na po ang TRB ng mga minimum performance standards at may corresponding penalties po,” he said.

“Ang target po namin by next week, when we have a board meeting, we will be able to approve already the minimum performance standard for the operators. Ito po ay mahigpit nating ipapatupad sa ating operators…” De Guzman added.

De Guzman added a massive information campaign would be launched to inform motorists about the three-strike policy for RFID violators.

“Magkakaroon po muna ng information dissemination campaign, massive ‘yung both operators para maipaliwanag doon sa mga motorista… Kailangan po muna ng information dissemination, ang target namin diyan is two weeks from now…” De Guzman said.