Still scrambling to equip your ride with an RFID sticker before the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) December 1 deadline? You might have a little more breathing room now, because the agency says it won’t be fining motorists just yet.
According to a report by Inquirer.net, DOTr officials present at the recent Senate budget deliberations said that the agency will not yet fine motorists unable to meet the December 1 deadline. However, it pointed out that the leniency will only last this Christmas season.
The topic was brought up by Senator Nancy Binay, who asked the DOTr how much the fine will be for motorists without RFID stickers after December 1. Senate majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri later said that the agency will not be imposing fines during the 2020 holidays.
“According to them, they will not impose a penalty,” Zubiri reportedly said. There’s a caveat: There will be a penalty but they will not implement daw, hindi daw sila mag-iimplement ngayong Pasko,” the senator added.
So, there you have it. No fines for those unable to get an RFID sticker this holiday season. It’s important to note, however, that the DOTr has yet to make an official announcement regarding the implementation of fines past the deadline. If you’re already in the process of getting an RFID, you’re probably better off following through.