Happy (toll) holidays: SMC expressways will allow toll-free passage on Christmas, New Year

Safe travels, everyone
by Sharleen Banzon | Dec 23, 2020
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It’s that time of the year again: As in previous years, San Miguel Corporation is waiving toll fees and granting temporary free access to the tollways under its management on Christmas and New Year. After everything 2020 has thrown our way, we might as well try to end this year and welcome 2021 in a positive way, right?

From 10pm of December 24 until 6am of December 25, and from 10pm of December 31 until 6am of January 1, the following toll roads won’t be charging toll fees: South Luzon Expressway, Skyway, NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway, and Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

“This is an annual tradition that we do for the benefit of motorists, especially those who have to see family in other parts or have to go home to the provinces,” SMC president and CEO Ramon S. Ang said in a statement.

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“This year will be no exception. We’re still implementing the toll holiday, although because of the pandemic, we know we are all asked to minimize contact with others outside our immediate families,” Ang continued. “But we still thought to open the expressways because it has become part of our commitment to motorists, and a way for us to give a little Christmas cheer.

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“For those who do have reason, or an urgent need to travel on the expressways on Christmas and New Year’s, we hope you appreciate and enjoy this toll holiday and pass on a small act of kindness to others. Any positive thing you do for others will go a long way, especially during these times.”

This isn’t the only holiday initiative announced by SMC this week. On December 22, select Petron outlets slashed fuel prices by half for a limited period, the downside being the inevitable traffic buildup at its fuel stations as motorists flocked to top up their vehicles. In addition, the company is also indefinitely extending toll-free passage for frontliners on SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, STAR Tollway, and TPLEX.

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To those who have an urgent need to travel over the holidays, have a safe journey and be mindful of the health precautions we all need to take. For those staying put, for now, let’s hope for better days and new adventures ahead.

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