It looks like motorists’ complaints haven’t fallen on deaf ears.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that it is extending the deadline for 100% cashless transactions on tollways to December 1, 2020. The move comes following numerous inconveniences in the implementation of the mandatory use of RFID tollway stickers leading up to the original November 2 deadline.
According to the agency, this is the last time this deadline will be moved.
“Secretary [Arthur] Tugade allowed the extension in order to give motorists, especially infrequent toll road users, more time to comply with the department order and to prevent the long queues currently being experienced at toll roads in the rush to get the RFID stickers,” Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) executive director Abraham Sales said in a statement.
“But, mind you, this will be the last time that we will be extending. No more extension beyond December 1.”
The DOTr added that motorists must move quickly and not take this extension for granted, and that those who “fail to conform to the government mandate will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket.” Yikes.
“Iwasan natin yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, tsaka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID. Now, we are extending the deadline to give further consideration. Let us use the extension wisely,” DOTr assistant secretary Mark Pastor stressed.
Frankly, we all saw this coming. Prior to this announcement, tollway operators had already announced that motorists without RFID stickers would still be permitted to use expressways until November 30, 2020. Given the current shortage of RFID stickers, this extension makes sense.
So, it looks like we have until December, then. Have you managed to equip your vehicle with Easytrip and Autosweep RFID stickers yet? Let us know what your experience was like in the comments. If you haven’t, you can also check out our handy guide on everything you need to know about the shift to cashless toll payments.