It’s official: Motorists without an RFID sticker will not be ticketed or fined for entering expressways until January 11, 2021.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) assistant secretary Goddes Hope Libiran made the announcement on Facebook, reminding car owners not to panic as the agency’s December 1 deadline for expressway cashless transaction compliance approaches.
“Wala pong mangyayaring hulihan mula December 1 hanggang January 11, 2021 para sa mga sasakyang walang RFID,” Libiran said in a Facebook post, also providing information regarding the conversion of regular toll lanes into installation lanes and the start of 24/7 RFID installation operations.
Libiran reminded everyone, though, that apprehensions for not having an RFID sticker will happen past the new transition period. After this, motorists must make sure to line up at a designated RFID installation lane if their vehicle still isn’t equipped with one. If they fail to do so and end up in an RFID-only lane, they will be fined.
As for RFID-equipped vehicles that try to enter expressways with insufficient load, Libiran said that they will not be fined, but must load their RFID upon reaching the toll booth. Either this or they will be asked to move to the side of the road and load their RFID via expressway personnel equipped with a top-up device. Again, this leniency will only apply until January 11 next year.
“Maaari itong ma-ticketan ng Disregarding Traffic Sign o Obstruction, depende kung may ibang mga sasakyan itong naabala sa likuran,” Libiran stressed, referring to motorists who try to enter RFID-only lanes without an RFID sticker.
“Pinaaalalahan ang mga motorista na matapos ang transition period sa January 11, magtatalaga na lamang ng specific RFID stickering lane o kaya naman RFID installation site malapit sa mga toll booth upang doon makabitan ng RFID ang mga sasakyan.”
So, are you one of the lucky few who have equipped their cars with an RFID sticker? What was your experience like?