Going through expressways will soon be a breeze as the Toll Collection Interoperability Agreement is set to be inked tomorrow. The Department of Transportaion (DOTr), through the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO), along with the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with expressway operators to unify the toll collection system.

The seventeen companies that operate 13 expressways in Luzon have agreed to smoothly and fairly implement the interoperability of their cash and electronic toll collection systems with one another. Under the MOA, all expressway operators are required to update their collection systems that will allow interoperability and integration.

In addition, the operators also need to install and maintain an Electronic Transit Media Reading Device in at least two entry and exit points. These devices must be capable of accepting, reading and process any electronic tags approved by the TRB. For cash payments, operators must put up an Entry Ticket Reading Device in at least two entry and exit toll booths that can accept and process any ticket from the 13 expressways.

The interoperability for electronic toll collection will be implemented immediately while cash payment collection shall be carried out six months after the signing of the MOA. Apart from that, all parties are also exploring the development and possible use of debit card interoperability.

The MOA also states that future toll road operators must also comply with the agreement and unify their collection systems with existing ones.