The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Tuesday that vehicles without radio frequency identification (RFID) tags would not be apprehended until January 11, 2021.
DOTr said in an advisory that installations at toll lanes and booths would remain on a 24/7 basis until January 11.
“Wala pong mangyayaring hulihan mula December 1 hanggang January 11, 2021 para sa mga sasakyang walang RFID,” the DOTr said.
“Matapos ang January 11, hindi na lahat ng lanes sa toll gate ay iko-convert bilang stickering lane. Magtatalaga na lamang ng isa o dalawang stickering lane, o kaya naman isang installation tent bago pumasok sa toll gate kung saan maaaring kabitan ng RFID ang mga sasakyan,” it added.
Both the Autosweep and the Easytrip systems would be fully contactless by December.
“Kung wala kang RFID by December 1, DOON KA MISMO SA TOLL GATE KAKABITAN. May nakaabang na RFID installation lanes ang mga toll gates, at may mga tauhan po ang toll operators na mag-aasist sa pagkabit ng RFID stickers,” the DOTr said.
Vehicles with no RFID to be apprehended by January 11
The Autosweep tags are issued by the San Miguel Group for the Skyway, the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), the STAR Tollway, the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx), the NAIA Expressway (NAIAx), and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX).
The Easytrip System covers the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx), the C5 Southlink, and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).
Under the first phase of the Toll Collection Interoperability Project, Autosweep tags will be readable at the Easytrip System. In contrast, the second phase would Easytrip RFID tags to be accepted at the Autosweep System.
NLEX Corporation, through its parent company Metro Pacific Investments Corp., said the previously Toll Regulatory Board-approved toll fee increase would be enforced beginning 12:01 am on Wednesday.
The increase in toll fees was implemented following the completion and opening of the P7-billion NLEX Harbor Link – a 2.6-kilometer elevated section between the new Caloocan Interchange at C3 road and the new Navotas Interchange along the R-10 road. The expressway opened in June.