If you still don't have RFID tags on your car, you really should have it by now. But given that there are still motorists who still don't have it, the Department of Transport (DOTr) is giving one last grace period. In the spirit of the holiday season, motorists will not be fined for not having electronic tags.

The DOTr assured the Senate that fines will not be imposed, and, at the moment, the agency has not set a deadline for the no-penalty ruling. Since they mentioned the holiday season, penalties will likely be handed out by January 2021. Also, there is no mention of the cash lanes remaining after the initial December 1 deadline. However, Senator Grace Poe requested the DOTr to keep those lanes should sensors fail to read the RFID stickers.

Penalties are also under discussion by the DOTr. For now, there are no Implementing Rules and Regulations for entering the expressways with no RFID tags. According to DOTr, they are still thinking about it.

That said, it doesn't mean motorists should wait a little longer to get RFID tags. DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor reminds motorists that the extensions are not an excuse for getting the tags at the last minute.

“Iwasan natin ‘yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, tsaka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID”, said Pastor.

[Let us avoid getting rushing to installation sites with just one week left before the deadline.]

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