Motorists without radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers will still be able to enter and have RFID stickers installed at toll expressways beyond December 1, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Tuesday.
DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said a “stickering lane” will still be available to motorists at the tollgates, and only motorists who will enter RFID lanes without an RFID sticker will be penalized.
“Beyond December 1, there will still be RFID stickering lanes motorists without stickers can enter and pass through there. There will also be installation sites before toll roads they can visit to have RFID stickers installed,” she said.
In her newspaper column, Libiran said the Toll Regulatory Board’s (TRB) Implementing Rules and Regulations on mandatory cashless transactions at tollways require RFID installation/registration booths and account reloading/balance check stations in “various strategic areas and locations” in all toll expressways, . . as well as in convenience stores, malls, online stores, banks, and even electronic wallets.”
The TRB said the interoperability of the country’s two expressway operators will likely happen in mid-2021, and motorists hoping to ply all toll expressways beyond December 1 will need two different RFID tags.