Unfortunately, the shortage of Easytrip RFIDs—the tags used along expressways operated by the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC)—isn’t the only unpleasant news for motorists this week. It has come to our knowledge that these Easytrip tags are now being resold across the Facebook Marketplace, and they don’t come cheap.
One tag can cost as much as P900, which is pretty absurd considering the regular tag from an authorized installation site should be free of charge. You’d only need to pay for the initial P200 load that comes along with it. Now, we decided to reach out to the MPTC regarding the matter to get some clarifications.
According to MPT South assistant vice president Arlette Capistrano, the company’s investigation shows that these resellers apparently availed of the express and stick-it-yourself Easytrip RFIDs that were made available a while back.
“We cannot blame these enterprising individuals especially now that every peso counts in these hard times, with the pandemic limiting the capacity to earn. They are however not accredited and selling for a higher price.”
No further course of action was mentioned by the company, but it is reminding RFID applicants that the initial cost of P200 should be the only amount that they pay for. It is also encouraging motorists to secure their RFID tags via the authorized Easytrip customer service stations.
That’s about it for this one, readers. If you wish to read more, you can also check our full guide on how to reload your Easytrip account, as well as these tips for RFID users. Likewise, you can also read up on how to reload your Autosweep RFID.
Take note, however, that the November 2 implementation of the 100% cashless toll collection system is just around the corner, so we suggest you get yourself an RFID now if you haven’t already. For more updates as we approach that deadline, watch this space.
UPDATE, October 16, 2020, 10am: Quotes from the MPTC added to the story.