Motorists who failed to install a radio-frequency identification (RFID) sticker in their vehicles before entering expressways or a toll roads would be issued citations and fined after the December 1 deadline for mandatory cashless transactions in toll roads.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) plans to issue citations to such drivers based on Republic Act 4136 and DOTr Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01.
Mindless and disobedient drivers can be issued a ticket for “disregarding traffic signs,” a violation under JAO No. 2014-01 with a fine of P1,000.
“Since there’s a sign saying ‘RFID-only’ lane but the vehicle still tried to enter, *they will be subject to sanctions,)” she said.
Libiran added that an obstruction violation, with a corresponding P1,000 fine, can also be issued to a driver who attempts to enter a toll road since they will get stuck behind a toll barrier and obstruct traffic flow.
Following the DOTr’s decision to push the deadline for mandatory cashless transactions in tollways to December 1, Libiran said motorists have been given four months to comply with the directive.
“We’re trying to discourage last-minute installations of RFIDs, that’s why we extended the deadline for another month. Whatever the reason, if they don’t have an RFID by December 1, they will issued a citation ticket,” she said.
The full implementation of cashless transactions in toll roads was scheduled to take effect on November 2 but was reset to December 1.