Riding or driving through expressways like the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), C5 Link Expressway, etc. is supposed to be smooth and traffic-free.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and it’s because there are some motorists who obstruct others, causing heavy traffic, including those who have insufficient RFID load.
NLEX Corporation, the operator of NLEX, has reported that they have seen an alarming increase of motorists who are obstructing traffic, from 470 recorded cases in Q1 of 2022, it has jumped to 1,014 during the same period this year.
“Road safety is of paramount importance to us, and such concerns are integrated in our infrastructure building program and in our operations,” said NLEX Corporation President Luigi Bautista, adding that the company continues its efforts of making motorists aware of traffic rules and regulations by conducting numerous road safety and education programs.
“That’s why we are relentless in reminding our motorists to always practice road discipline to ensure their safety and travel convenience, as well as those of other travelers,” Bautista said.
According to NLEX, a motorist plying the expressway may be given a citation ticket for obstruction if he/she drives against the traffic flow or impedes traffic flow at the lanes, especially those who entered the RFID lanes without a valid RFID sticker or with an insufficient load. Motorists who will be cited for obstruction at the RFID lanes will also be asked to pay their toll in cash. Meanwhile, the fine of P1,077 should be settled directly with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Bautista noted that many motorists are still repeatedly passing the RFID lanes with insufficient load, causing disruptions and inconveniences to other RFID users.
“Through our information dissemination, motorist education initiatives, and enforcement, we hope to curb the violations committed by our motorists so that everyone can benefit from the quicker, more efficient RFID transactions at the toll plazas,” Bautista added.