Here is some good news for the few motorists that currently travel along the C5 Southlink. The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has just announced that Cavitex Infra Corp. (CIC), the operator of the C5 Southlink toll road, is no longer allowed to collect toll fees.
In a statement released by the TRB through the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the government agency said that due to the expiration of the CIC's provisional authority to collect fees, the C5 Southlink is now toll-free for the time being.
The collection of toll fees, however, might return as a motion for the extension of the provisional authority to collect toll fees was already filed by CIC on April 23, 2020. Currently, the motion for the extension is still being processed and reviewed by the TRB.
First opened to the public in July 2019, the C5 Southlink serves as a faster means of getting from Taguig to Pasay City and vice versa. With it, motorists can now easily cross from Merville to C5 or vice versa, towards their destinations. Before, Class 1 vehicles had to pay PhP 22 while Class 2 vehicles had to shell out PhP 44. As for Class 3 vehicles, they have had to pay PhP 66 to be able to get use the toll road.
With no exact date yet as to when the TRB will allow CIC to collect toll fees from C5 Southlink, the average daily traffic of 2,500 vehicles passing through the elevated roadway will be allowed to pass through without paying anything.