TRB: Barrierless toll plazas are the “ultimate objective”

Do you think this system will help ease the situation for us motorists?
by Leandre Grecia | Dec 10, 2020
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You may have probably heard of motorists getting accidentally charged toll at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) toll plaza in Valenzuela City despite operations in the area being suspended and the barriers there being lifted. Now, apart from the issues of accidental charges, this has raised an entirely new question among motorists altogether.

If tollways can charge motorists at toll plazas that quickly even without the use of barriers, then why don’t the operators stick to this barrierless system?

Well, it appears that this is actually in the pipeline for the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB). In a recent press briefing, TRB private sector director Raymundo Junia said this barrierless system is “the ultimate objective.”

However, Junia added that authorities still have to make the necessary preparations so problems will be minimized once the system is fully implemented. To be honest, we’re just hoping the transition period will be smoother than what we’ve seen amid this whole RFID fiasco.

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The removal of barriers along toll plazas will also, in theory, result in better traffic flow at toll plazas. Junia said that cash transactions take approximately 11 seconds per vehicle, and the use of RFIDs improves that to just five seconds. “Surely, kung walang barrier yan, it will even improve on the five seconds na estimate namin,” he explained. 

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Department of Transportation assistant secretary Alberto Suansing said that this open-barrier system is currently being implemented as an emergency response whenever long queues form at toll plazas: “Hindi yan bago. Noon pa, yan na [ang] pinapagawa namin sa mga tollways.”

No word, though, on how soon the TRB plans to roll out this supposedly more convenient barrierless system. What do you think of it, though? Is this something authorities should start implementing as soon as possible? The comments section is open, fellow motorists.

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