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Wes Gatchalian wants cashless toll payments deferred until RFID issues resolved

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Valenzuela City Rep. Wes Gatchalian has asked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to defer the implementation of cashless toll payments until radio-frequency identification (RFID) of the two toll operators become interoperable.

Gatchalian said cashless toll collections may be implemented next year, when Easytrip and Autosweep are already compatible with each other’s tollway system.

“I understand that TRB (Toll Regulatory Board) Executive Director Abraham Sales has said there will no longer be extensions after December 1, but implementing the cashless payment scheme without interoperability will only create more problems for our motoring public,” the lawmaker said.

The DOTr originally ordered toll expressways to fully implement the contactless payment scheme by November 2 but complaints from motorists made the transport agency push the implementation to December 1.

“While we fully support the shift to cashless transaction to lessen physical contact to contain the spread of COVID-19, the move should have been carefully planned and coordinated by the two toll operators to ease the burden of consumers to apply for and load up two different RFID cards,” Gatchalian said.

Autosweep tags are issued by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) for the Skyway, South Luzon expressway (SLEx), STAR Tollway, Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEx), Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAx), and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX). Easytrip, meanwhile, is issued by the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) to be used in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx), C5 Southlink, and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).