New toll rates at SCTEX
Motorists driving through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) will be paying an additional P0.51 per kilometer starting today, June 14.
According to a statement from the NLEX Corporation, the adjustment will mean that motorists with ordinary cars (Class 1 vehicles) travelling from Mabalacat City (Mabiga Interchange) to Tarlac will pay an additional P20 under the new toll fee matrix.
Motorists using buses and small commercial trucks (Class 2) will pay an additional P40, and those with large trucks or trailers (Class 3) will pay an additional P60.
Meanwhile, motorists travelling between Mabalacat and Tipo in Subic will be charged an additional P32, P66, and P98 for Class 1, 2, and 3 vehicles, respectively.
The new toll rate adjustment was approved by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB). The petition for toll rate adjustments was filed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in 2011.
The NLEX statement pointed out that although SCTEX toll rates have remained at 2011 levels, infrastructure improvements along the 94-kilometer tollway have continued.
In 2016, the NLEX-SCTEX integration project unified the toll collection of the two expressways under one electronic toll collection system. This project reduced the toll collection stops.
The entire stretch of the SCTEX between Tarlac and Tipo also underwent a massive asphalt pavement upgrade in 2017. On the other hand, the Tipo Toll Plaza and the new Mabiga Interchange were boosted with additional toll lanes.
Other improvements improved traffic monitoring and provision of roadside services with a modern traffic control room (TCR) with CCTV cameras and radio communications which was built in Mabalacat City.
Last year, four camera-equipped emergency call boxes (ECB) were installed at Dinalupihan (Subic-bound), Porac (Subic-bound), Dolores (Tarlac-bound), and San Miguel (Tarlac-bound) to enhance communication between motorists and SCTEX personnel responsible for traffic monitoring and control.
Modern Isuzu PUVs in Rodriguez, Rizal
Isuzu Philippine Corporation recently turned over 15 new Isuzu QKR77 light-duty trucks configured as Class 3 public utility vehicles (PUVs) to the Metro Comet Transport Cooperative.
The modern PUVs will replace the UV Express fleet plying the Rodriguez to Cubao route.
“Our modernized PUVs using the QKR 77 truck platform with body designed and built by Almazora can accommodate 23 seated passengers, with each enjoying 400mm of width allowance, legroom of 650mm, and standing height of 1.75 meters. Commuters can now travel comfortably with enough legroom, headroom, and seat space,” said Joseph Bautista, IPC sales division head.
Bautista pointed out the features of the new PUV: “The automatic fare collection system by Eudoo allows passengers to just tap their cards whenever they enter and exit. The vehicle’s GPS tracking system can now pinpoint every passenger’s point of entry and exit, so their fares will be based on the distance plotted by the GPS system. There are cameras installed in the vehicle; one facing the passengers, another facing the door, and then another installed at the dashboard facing traffic. The vehicle is also equipped with Wi-Fi which can accommodate online activities of all passengers and equipped with air condition by coolaire.”
The Isuzu QKR77 platform is assembled in the Philippines and is equipped with the Euro IV-compliant 3.0-liter 4JH1-TC CRDI diesel engine that delivers better fuel economy and cleaner emissions.
The vehicle is also equipped with a speed limiter that prevents the vehicle from running faster than 60 kph.
By Pinky Concha Colmenares