We’re less than a week away from the government’s November 2 deadline for all tollways to shift to 100% cashless toll payment systems, but it appears that the deadline won’t be met. Apart from the fact that a lot of motorists seemed to wait until the last minute to get their RFIDs, there have been issues surrounding the availability of the RFID tags.
SMC’s statement reads: “By November 2, all lanes at our toll plazas will be fully capable and converted to electronic toll collection, in full compliance with the government’s mandate. However, after careful study and deliberation, and especially in consideration of so many motorists who have not been able to secure an Autosweep RFID account because of the volume of applications we have today, we have decided to extend the deadline to November 30.
“This means that from November 2 to 30, vehicles without RFID will still be allowed to enter the expressways. Hopefully, this will give more time for motorists to get their RFID stickers.”
The company has also made it clear that November 30 will be the absolute deadline, and that all vehicles without RFIDs past this period shall no longer be allowed entry to SMC’s expressways. If you haven’t gotten your car an RFID yet, then take note, lest you encounter any problems just before the holidays start.
Now, just to reiterate, the SMC-operated tollways are the following: South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX), NAIA Expressway, and STAR Tollway. Likewise, you can also read our full guide on how to reload your Autosweep RFIDs.