In response to the clamor of motorists, who have yet to install Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) stickers on their vehicles, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) today moved back the deadline for cashless collections on toll roads from November 2 to December 1, 2020.
This means the cashless mode of payment, or the 100 percent use of electronic payment systems, in expressways will start on December 1.
However, the deadline will no longer be extended beyond this date.
“Secretary Arthur Tugade allowed the extension in order to give motorists, especially infrequent toll road users, more time to comply with the department order,” explainedToll Regulatory Board (TRB) Executive Director Abraham Sales.
The extension should also address the long queues currently being experienced at toll roads in the rush to get the RFID stickers.
Earlier, the TRB, an attached agency of the DOTr which has supervision over the operations of toll roads, said the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) are qequipped and ready to implement the Order but have extended the installation of RFID stickers beyond November 2, 2020.
Earlier, the DOTr issued Department Order 2020-012 ordering full implementation of cashless toll collections at the expressways and major toll roads.
This is in line with the government’s thrust to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and to avoid traffic congestion in toll plazas.
Motorists who fail to conform to the government mandate will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket.