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Precious Castelo urges DOTr: Move RFID implementation to January 2021

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Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo has called on the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to postpone the implementation of the radio frequency identification (RFID) system in tollways from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 next year.

Castelo said the one-month postponement would give motor vehicle owners more time to get their RFID stickers installed for the new payment scheme in Luzon’s toll roads.

“We support the program, since it aims to stem the spread of the infectious new coronavirus, but there is not much time for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of motorists to comply with the RFID requirement,” she said.

Castelo said motorists may have difficulty installing RFID stickers as the volume of vehicles on the road is seen to increase in December.

“This can cause massive buildup of traffic in toll plazas and roads leading to the expressways if the Dec. 1 deadline is not reset, considering that many vehicle owners still have to get their RFIDs installed,” she stressed.