Gatchalian tells motorists: No stopping at NLEX toll booths

Published December 23, 2020, 7:24 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian has reminded motorists passing through the city’s NLEX segments that there should be no stopping at all their toll booths at anytime.

If NLEX’s system cannot easily scan the motorists’ RFID stickers to confirm their payment for toll fees, Gatchalian said, it should be the problem of the company.

This came after he found out that although barriers were already lifted following an agreement between the local government and NLEX Corporation, there was still traffic buildup at the toll booths as motorists tried to “locate the RFID sensors” to ensure that their payments were confirmed.

“Passed by toll way sa Valenzuela now… I noticed kahit barriers up na tumitigil pa din mga motorista….hindi na po natin dapat tumigil, slow down yes….but stop no (that although we already implemented a barriers-up policy, several motorists were still stopping. We should slow down but not stop),” Gatchalian said in a Twitter post on Wednesday, noting that “stopping will slow down traffic.”

“Kaya po barriers up tayo para we can speed up traffic… Problema na ng NLEX yan if hindi mabasa ng sensors nila stickers natin (The reason why we implemented a barriers-up policy is to speed up traffic. It should be the problem of NLEX if their sensors could not easily read RFID stickers. They should fix their sensors,” he added, “Let NLEX invest in better sensors.”

On December 7, the mayor suspended the company’s business permit in the city due to “atrocious traffic situation” on the expressway caused by glitches in its RFID system.

He eventually lifted the suspension, on December 16, on condition that the company will address issues surrounding its RFID system.