Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. said it is on track to meet the November 2 deadline of the government to require expressway-bound vehicles to use cashless, contactless transactions “to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
MPTC, which operates the North Luzon Expressway, Subic Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Manila-Cavite Expressway and Cavite Laguna Expressway said its ongoing group wide RFID sticker installation campaign is on stream.
“Our groupwide RFID roll out is on track to comply with D.O. 2020-012 and we will be ready to implement contactless toll payments consistent with the timeline,” Rodrigo E. Franco, MPTC president and chief executive said.
“Our expressway network that includes the North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Manila-Cavite Expressway, and Cavite-Laguna Expressway is primed for cashless and contactless transactions within the year,” he added.
Franco said that “the MPTC tollway group will now accelerate all preparations to fully implement all-RFID (radio frequency identification) transactions in our toll plazas”.
Roberto V. Bontia, concurrently heading CAVITEX and CALAX and head of MPTC’s RFID 100 Task Force, outlined MPTC’s preparations into four key elements: (1) Infrastructure Readiness, (2) Operational and Visibility Improvements, (3) Motorist Assistance, and (4) Manpower Re-equipping and Retooling.
Bontia pointed out that the MPTC tollways are technically ready to shift from manual toll collection to full RFID-enabled system.
Moreover, MPTC assures that any RFID sticker installed by its provider Easytrip Corporation, will be compatible throughout the MPTC network of expressways hence, a better customer experience overall.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the department order last August 13, 2020 and mandated DOTr’s attached agencies to formulate procedures “to ensure the smooth implementation of the new policy.
Pursuant to its function as the implementing authority over limited access facilities, the TRB is directed to promulgate rules and regulations that will require concessionaires and operators to transition to a 100 percent electronic toll collection lanes.
The Department Order further states that the TRB shall ensure concessionaires and operators install electronic tags or other cashless systems, such as but not limited to, RFID, Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS), etc. for all motorists and motor vehicles using the toll expressways and transact only thru the cashless mode of payment of toll not later than November 2, 2020.