MPTC eyeing implementation by May 15

If you need to pass a tollway to get to your destination, you should keep the balance of the RFID topped up. Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the concession rights holder for NLEX, SCTEX, CALAX, C5 Link, Harbor Link, and the newly-built Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu will begin to implement the Toll Regulatory Board’s (TRB) 3-strike policy on May 15, 2021.

This was confirmed by MPTC executive, Bobby Bontia, during a recent virtual meeting with the motoring media.

“Hopefully, once the guidelines are ironed out, we can start [implementing] by that time,” said Bontia in Filipino.

According to Bontia, the MPTC will have a discussion with the TRB for its implementing guidelines. They just need to finalize the details with the agency. So far, the information campaign has already started, and that they fully support the government’s initiative to minimize, if not eliminate, the delays at toll booths, especially now that more than 90% of the motorists who use the tollways utilize the RFID system.

Under the TRB's 3-strike policy, motorists only have 3 chances to enter an expressway with an insufficient load. By the third time you enter an expressway with insufficient RFID load, you’ll be slapped with a 'Disregarding Traffic Signs' violation and a PhP1,000.00 fine.

We have yet to confirm with the tollways that use the Autosweep RFID system if they will also start issuing warnings to motorists with insufficient RFID load come May 15.