TRB targets RFID interoperability beginning July

The Toll Regulatory Board – the government agency that regulates all toll roads (aka expressways) in the country – has announced that it wants full RFID interoperability by July of this year.

That means both Easytrip and Autosweep should work without any issues in tollways operated by Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and San Miguel Corporation (SMC Tollways).

Currently, motorists who are using Easytrip can only use the RFID system of MPTC-operated tollways: NLEX, SCTEX, Harbor Link, CAVITEX, C5 Link, CALAX and CCLEX.

On the other hand, motorists who are using Autosweep can only use the RFID system of SMC Tollways-operated tollways: SLEX, STAR, TPLEX, NAIAX, Skyway, and Skyway Stage 3. MCX also uses Autosweep RFID.

To use both RFID systems, motorists must have both Easytrip and Autosweep.

TRB executive director, Alvin Carullo, said that toll operators are currently testing their respective systems as they aim for full-cashless tollways by June of this year. By July, TRB wants full interoperability of both RFID systems.

“We have been conducting dry-runs and series of meetings on this and the target is the simultaneous implementation by June or July [2024] of full cashless and interoperability of all our toll operators,” said Carullo in a recent interview.

One wallet, One RFID

As mentioned above, the current system forces motorists to maintain both Easytrip and Autosweep RFIDs with their separate wallets to use MPTC's and SMC Tollways' RFID lanes. With the unified RFID system, according to Carullo, only one RFID wallet is needed to be maintained by motorists.

“Motorists will have an account and one RFID tag and this means that the loading for this RFID will only be done once, unlike the current system that requires loading of two accounts,” said Carullo.