TRB working on a three-strike policy to penalize RFID users with insufficient load

Make it a habit to always check your RFID load
by Aris Ilagan for | Feb 3, 2021
PHOTO: Leandre Grecia

Are you the kind of motorist who enters the tollway without checking your RFID load beforehand? If so, then you better take this seriously.

The management of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and SMC Tollways, along with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), are in the process of drafting a new policy aimed at instilling discipline among erring motorists who pass through toll booths with insufficient load.

“These individuals are causing traffic and delay whenever they enter the RFID. They should be responsible enough to check if they have enough load,” says TRB spokesperson Julius Corpuz. This proposal was brought up during a board meeting on Monday, February 1.

The policy would operate on a three-strike basis:

  • First offense: The motorist is reminded to top up their RFID account before they enter the ETC booth.
  • Second offense: The motorist is given a stern warning.
  • Third offense: The motorist will be issued a traffic violation ticket for obstructing traffic flow.
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When asked how tollway authorities will monitor the number of violations, Corpuz said they will be able to check them through the RFID account record. “Maniniwala ka ba mayroong isang motorista na halos 50 times pumasok sa RFID booth? Hindi ba malaking abala yan para sa iba?” asks Corpuz.

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Although this proposal has been agreed upon by the TRB and the two tollway companies, the implementation details have yet to be disseminated through a memorandum circular. With that, Corpuz says this policy might take place anytime this month.

But before MPTC and SMC Tollways implement the rule, Corpuz assures that there will be an information drive to prevent confusion and chaos at toll plazas—similar to what took place during the first few days of the cashless transaction transition last December.

This article first appeared on Minor edits have been made.

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