The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is cranking up RFID operations leading up to 2021. Just over the past two weeks, the company has opened 42 new installation stations in addition to the 53 it had as of November 2020.
The current total number of operational installation stations now sits at 95. Most of these are scattered throughout expressways under SMC management, namely the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX), and Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway).
SMC hopes to have 156 of them up and running before the end of the year. In a statement, SMC head Ramon Ang assured motorists that the expressway operator is on track to deliver on its promise to open 100 new RFID installation stations.
“In fact, it will be a little more than that. Our bulk orders of RFID tags from abroad have been arriving as scheduled, so we’ve also been able to gradually open more stations—42 new ones as of last count,” Ang said.
“An additional 61 outlets, mostly off-site, are in process and we will open all of these by end of December.”
Ang added that the decision to open the remaining 61 installation stations outside of expressways was made to entice non-frequent users to get RFIDs. These will be set up at gas stations, transport terminals, malls, and other public areas, as well as government facilities.
Ang also pointed out that one cash lane will remain per toll plaza so that motorists who enter SMC expressways without an RFID can still pay in cash and have one stickered on.
“We hear the clamor from the public to make RFID installation even more accessible. We hope that these efforts will help make it easier for more people to avail of their free RFID stickers. We will continue to evaluate our efforts and put in place all the improvements and adjustments necessary to make it better for everyone,” Ang said.