It seems NLEX Corporation's woes with their faulty RFID system are far from over. Apart from Valenzuela City, NLEX is now also getting heat from Bulacan mayors.
Recently, the League of Municipalities in Bulacan (LMP-Bulacan) released a manifesto supporting Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian's move to sanction NLEX Corporation amid the RFID mess.
They are also urging the government to temporarily bring back cash lanes, as well as halt the use of the RFID system. According to LMP-Bulacan, having cash lanes available on NLEX will help reduce congestion and hasten travel time for motorists, truck drivers, as well as commuters.
“Aming hinihiling na maglagay muna ng 'cash lane' upang maiwasan ang pagsikip ng daloy ng trapiko sa mga toll plazas na labis na nakaapekto sa mga motorist at biyahero,” said the LMP-Bulacan in a statement.
[We ask that a 'cash lane' be put in place first to prevent traffic congestion in toll plazas that have severely affected motorists and travelers]
NLEX Corporation said that the heavy traffic on the toll plazas was caused by 'technical problems' in their system. However, they have guaranteed that they are working on improving the system for it to be efficient and not cause any more delays or congestion on the expressway.
Should NLEX not be able to fix the RFID issues soon, LMP-Bulacan said that they were ready to file a protest against NLEX Corporation due to the heavy traffic their systems have caused.
Will the return of cash lanes help alleviate traffic flow along the expressway? Can NLEX fix its RFID system to avoid congestion in the future? Let us know in the comments.