RFID, RFID reload, emergency lane: NLEX, SCTEX roll out new toll-plaza signage

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by Sharleen Banzon | Dec 9, 2020
PHOTO: NLEX Corporation on Facebook

Earlier today, we reported on NLEX Corporation’s ‘RFID 100’ action plan with which it plans to iron out the kinks in its cashless toll-collection system. This comes after certain toll plazas on tollways operated by the company turned into chokepoints on December 1. No doubt Valenzuela City’s move to suspend its business permit—thus barring the collection of toll fees within city limits until RFID-related issues are addressed—necessitated such a response, too.

Now, the company is implementing another measure that should help eliminate tollbooth gridlock. The latest announcement advises the public on the new toll-plaza signage that will be used on the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlax Expressway (SCTEX).

Along the said expressways, lanes leading to tollbooths are classified as follows:

1) RFID

Line up here if your vehicle is already equipped with an RFID tag—Easytrip is used on NLEX and SCTEX—and your account has sufficient load for your journey.

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2) RFID reload

Existing RFID subscribers with insufficient load in their accounts may top up here.

3) Emergency lane

This is for the exclusive use of ambulance units and official vehicles of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Bureau of Fire Protection. At entry plazas along the closed system of the tollways (the section that charges toll based on distance traveled, as opposed to a flat rate), this also serves as an RFID installation lane, according to the latest advisory.

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4) RFID/emergency lane

Those falling under the first and third categories may pass through this lane. As with the regular emergency lane, this also serves as an RFID installation lane at entry plazas along the closed system.

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Check out the full advisory below:

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The company hasn’t gone into detail about how many of each type of lane will be available at specific toll plazas, but it has issued a list of specific entry lanes that cater to RFID applicants. If you don’t have an RFID sticker yet, check out the list below:

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Again, motorists are reminded not to tailgate on the approach to RFID sensors, and to wait until the car ahead has cleared the toll booth before proceeding. For those wanting to reload their Easytrip accounts, you may also do so at the reloading kiosks located at Petron Marilao, Shell Burol, Petron Lakeshore, Petron Bocaue, at NLEX Drive and Dine. We have a handy guide, too, on reloading your Easytrip account—click here for the full details.

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PHOTO: NLEX Corporation on Facebook
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