To say that a lot of people are driving around to get their hands on an RFID sticker is a massive understatement. Some installation sites are currently flooded with frustrated motorists, and while the move to repurpose regular toll lanes has helped equip more vehicles with RFID tags, it hasn’t done traffic any favors.
If you decide to head to an RFID stickering setup near EDSA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has a stern warning for you: Do not use the busy thoroughfare as a place to queue.
Earlier today, MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija took to Facebook to remind people not to line up for RFID installation sites along EDSA. He also posted images of what appears to be motorists being ticketed for the infraction. Look:
“I’m sorry guys but we cannot allow you to use EDSA as your queuing line for RFID,” Nebrija said in his Facebook post. “If we will not do this now it will eventually get worse.”
The man has a point. While many motorists are struggling to secure their RFIDs, a busy thoroughfare is not a safe place to wait your turn. If recent statements by the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) are anything to go by, though, it is unlikely the situation will continue to worsen for long. According to the expressway operator, RFID penetration is steadily improving and it may only be a matter of time before 100% compliance is achieved.
Perhaps RFID stickering sites can make it a point to coordinate with the MMDA to find a proper queuing location near EDSA moving forward? Anyway, you’ve been warned. Stay clear of EDSA if you’re in line for an RFID sticker.