Malacañang isn’t happy with how the shift to cashless expressways is turning out so far.
In a press conference held earlier today, December 17, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque relayed president Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to sack officials of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) over the chaotic implementation of 100% RFID transactions on our nation’s expressways.
“Nagpahayag din ang Presidente ng kanyang banta na sisibakin ang mga opisyal ng Toll Regulatory Board dahil sa gulo sa RFID,” Roque said.
The official also shared what the government has instructed both tollway operators and the TRB to do in light of the confusion surrounding RFIDs. Look:
Instructions for tollway operators
- Convert emergency signage to cash signage
- Reposition RFID reloading and installation sites to gasoline stations, larger areas away from toll plazas
- Put designated cash and RFID lanes
- Emergency vehicle can pass through any lane
- Study removal of barriers
- Small toll plazas should have separate RFID and cash lanes
- Increase the wattage of RFID sensors
Instructions for the TRB
- Deploy roving and stationed toll marshals
- Conduct regularly monthly audits with daily reports from marshals
- Intensified enforcement
Frankly, some of these instructions are pretty vague, if not already being implemented by expressway operators. Both NLEX Corporation and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) have had RFID installation sites up and running away from toll plazas for quite a while now, and both companies have already committed to improving their RFID systems, too. The idea of removing barriers completely has also been brought up during discussions between the Valenzuela City local government and NLEX Corporation.
So, what do you think? Is there anything new to take in from Malacañang chiming in on the RFID issue? Do motorists have anything to gain from the president putting TRB officials on notice? Let us know in the comments.