SMC: Expect checkpoints, ID checks, and thermal scans on tollways

For safer travels
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 14, 2020
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It’s best we stay at home during this COVID-19 pandemic—that’s a no-brainer. But if it can’t be helped, we should exercise extra caution, especially for those who need to go in and out of Metro Manila despite the current community quarantine.

SMC Tollways, for its part, assures the public that it will be carrying out precautionary measures to protect its employees and motorists as well. Alcohol dispensers will be available at toll plazas and other facilities, deployed tellers and traffic personnel are now required to wear face masks and surgical gloves, and both toll booths and patrol vehicles will be properly sanitized at the turn of each shift. Thermal scanners will be used to monitor people’s temperatures so delays in trips are expected.

SMC is also encouraging motorists who may still need to traverse the expressways regularly to pay toll fees via cashless transactions using RFIDs to eliminate human contact. In case you missed it, tollway operators have already waived the application requirements for these RFIDs several months ago.

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As for government checkpoints, the company says military and police personnel will establish them in designated areas. On the other hand, the ongoing roadworks along the tollways—such as the Skyway Extension Project—will continue.

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“During this crucial time, when we are all enjoined to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, your cooperation and support will be greatly needed and appreciated,” its official statement reads.

That’s all we have at the moment—we’ll give you more as we have it. For now, you can check some of our latest updates on the current COVID-19 situation by clicking here.

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