Monday, August 24, 2020

DOTr to Require Cashless Payments at All Toll Roads


If you still haven’t gotten an Autosweep RFID and/or EasyTrip RFID yet, you better get one now. In an effort to further protect the public from the infectious coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will soon be requiring motorists using toll expressways to engage in cashless or contactless transactions.

The move will complement other health protocols now being enforced by the government, such as physical distancing, as it aims to limit human intervention and remove the traffic queuing and congestion at the toll plazas.

Under Department Order 2020-012, which was signed on 13 August 2020 by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, concerned agencies of the DOTr were ordered to formulate new processes and procedures within three (3) months to ensure the smooth implementation of the new policy.

Covered by the department order are the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), which was ordered to promulgate rules and regulations requiring concessionaires and operators of toll expressways to fully transition to an electronic toll collection system; the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which was ordered to submit a study exploring ways and means to allow for a full Cashless and Contactless System along expressways; and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which was directed to monitor the compliance of all Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) on the mandatory use/installation of electronic tags or use of other cashless systems in their units.

The government has set a deadline of November 2, 2020 for all expressways to convert to cashless payment or electronic collection.

Contactless transactions will be implemented in the following identified limited access facilities:
  • South Luzon Expressway (SLEX),
  • Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX),
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX),
  • South Metro Manila Skyway,
  • Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway,
  • Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX),
  • Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) ;
  • and all other road networks, including any extension of the existing expressway facilities mentioned, that may be constructed, established and/or operated as expressway toll facilities.
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