Report: TRB postpones shift to cashless tollways “until further notice”

The RFID saga continues
by Leandre Grecia | Jan 13, 2021
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The entire RFID mess was clearly one of the country’s biggest motoring issues in 2020. It feels like it’s been one blunder after the other during this transition to 100% cashless transactions on all expressways.

For months, motorists and tollway operators alike found themselves scrambling to meet the deadlines set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), only to see the said deadlines postponed over and over. And now, guess what? The TRB has moved the January 11 deadline yet again.

According to a report by PhilStar.com, the TRB will be extending this transition period “until further notice.” This means that cash payments will still be accepted at all expressways, and motorists without RFIDs who intend to use these tollways will not be apprehended, contrary to what the DOTr said in its previous statements. For motorists who still have unanswered RFID-related questions, take note.

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The TRB also said that this extension was made to give more time to motorists who have yet to secure their RFIDs as well as to toll operators who need to address the flaws of their cashless toll-collection systems.

However, as implied earlier, the TRB has yet to provide a specific timeline for this so we’ve no idea when cash transactions will finally be obsolete. Also, for some reason, the DOTr has yet to issue a formal statement regarding the matter. Watch this space if you’re keeping an eye out for that and if you want more updates on all this.

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Now, we’re curious as to what you—our readers and fellow motorists—have to say regarding this decision. We know a lot of you rushed to get your RFIDs to beat the initial deadlines, so we think you might have a take on all this, too. 

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