Ever since the Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAX) started operations last October 31, 2019, users have been enjoying the stretch of road free of charge. The 10-kilometer section that was open has served as a convenient alternative route for motorists going to and from Binan and Santa Rosa in Laguna, and Tagaytay and Silang in Cavite.

However, as with all things in life, nothing is ever truly free. The operators of CALAX have announced that they will soon be charging vehicles a toll fee for using the expressway. Following the Toll Regulatory Board's (TRB) approval, the toll fees will be collected as follows: Php 47.00 for Class 1 vehicles, Php 95.00 for Class 2 vehicles, and Php 143.00 for Class 3 vehicles.

CALAX no longer free, will start collecting toll on February 10 image

Now, if you plan on taking CALAX today, you won't be charged just yet. Toll fees will only be collected starting on February 10, 2020, Monday. However, CALAX operators say that toll fees will only be collected upon compliance with TRB requirements. If the requirements are not complete, they will not be charging motorists for use of the expressway on February 10.

Currently, only the first 10-kilometers of the CALAX is open to use. Since it was opened it has served its daily target volume of 6,000 vehicles. Once complete, the 4-lane expressway that starts at CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite will exit near the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Laguna. There will also be a total of eight interchanges along the expressway.