A group of lawmakers led by presidential son and House Senior Deputy Majority Leader Sandro Marcos has filed a resolution calling on the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to fast-track the implementation of the Toll Interoperability Project.
In House Resolution 159, Marcos, and Representatives Eric Martinez (Valenzuela), Dean Asistio (Caloocan City), Edwin Olivarez (Parañaque City), Ramon “Jolo” Revilla III (Cavite) and Oscar Malapitan (Caloocan City) called for the implementation of Phase 2 and 3 of the project which started under the Duterte administration.
The DOTr has moved for the implementation of mandatory cashless transactions in all toll expressways in 2020. However, the mandatory implementation was stopped after a few months and cash payments were again allowed.
The Toll Collection Interoperability Project was launched in 2017 mandating toll operators to make adjustments in their system to enable interoperability and an integrated toll collection.
At present, Martinez said there are currently two major players on toll expressways “that is why our private motor vehicle owners, operators of public transportations, including delivery vans or trucks have these two RFID stickers.”
The San Miguel Corporation (SMC), which uses the AutoSweep RFID, operates the Skyway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), STAR Tollway, Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx), Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressways (NAIAx) and the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX).
Meanwhile, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) is using Easytrip RFID for its North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx), C5 Southlink and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).
Under Phase 2 of the project, the use of two RFID wallets will still be allowed but only a single RFID sticker is needed at different toll roads.
The last phase is the implementation of one RFID sticker only, maintaining one wallet for payment to all toll plazas.