The Department of Transportation (DOTr) moved the deadline for the implementation of mandatory cashless transactions in all tollways from November 2 to December 1.
DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said that for now, motorists who will be using toll expressways will be allowed to pay in cash but they will be asked to park on the side to have radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers installed in their car.
The extension is to prevent the long queues currently experienced at toll roads “in the rush to get RFID stickers,” Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Executive Director Abraham Sales said in a media bulletin.
Sales, however, noted that the deadline would no longer be extended beyond December 1.
“Secretary Arthur Tugade allowed the extension in order to give motorists, especially infrequent toll road users, more time to comply with the department order,” he said.
Motorists who enter toll expressways with no RFID by December 1 and beyond “will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket,” the TRB said.
DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor asked motorists to make use of the extended deadline and have RFIDs installed on their vehicles as early as they can.
“Iwasan natin ‘yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, saka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID. Now, we are extending the deadline to give further consideration. Let us use the extension wisely,” Pastor said.
Earlier, the TRB assured that the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. and the San Miguel Corp. – the two operators and maintenance providers of the country’s toll expressways – are equipped and ready to implement mandatory cashless transactions and have extended the installation of RFID stickers beyond November 2.
The DOTr earlier issued Department Order 2020-012, directing the implementation of cashless toll collections at all expressways and major toll roads to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 in road transportation.