Valenzuela City mayor, Rex Gatchalian, has slammed NLEX Corporation again for their inability to provide concrete solutions with regards to the RFID fiasco. The mayor even dared to completely remove all toll barriers since, according to NLEX, their RFID scanners are "reliable."
“Alisin na lang kaya ng nlex mga barriers kasi sabi nila ayos naman mga sensors nila so if confident sila na magaling mga rfid sensors nila bakit pa may barriers (maybe NLEX should remove their [toll] barriers since they are saying that their [RFID] sensors are working properly. So if they are confident that their RFID sensors are reliable, then why do they have to use barriers)?
Valenzuela City has suspended NLEX Corporation’s business permits on Monday, effectively creating a toll holiday on toll booths within the city's limits. This fiasco started when motorists caused massive traffic jams that have spilled over on to some of Valenzuela’s major thoroughfares in the rush to have NLEX's Easytip RFID stickers installed in their vehicles for cashless transactions. In spite of this, many still encountered difficulties with the RFID, such as the sticker not being read or even double tagging (charging twice the toll amount).
NLEX through a press statement has assured the public that they are working closely not only with Valenzuela City but also with other concerned LGUs and the MMDA. They will respond to Valenzuela City’s demands for concrete action plans within the day.