The clock is ticking for those who do not have RFID tags on their vehicles. For now, you can still drive on the expressways without consequences, but only until January 11. After that, toll roads will start imposing penalties, per the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

During a recent press briefer arranged by the DOTr, they mentioned the fine for lining up in RFID lanes without the tag. According to Atty. Mark Steven C. Pastor, Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure, it's PhP 1,000 for obstruction. But what if you lined up in the RFID lane by mistake if you wanted to go to the stickering lane? That's also a PHP 1,000 fine for disregarding traffic signs.

If you still don't have RFID stickers on your car (you really should have by now), there's no need to panic. The DOTr assures the public that installation will continue even after December 1 and January 11. Stickering lanes, as the DOTr calls it, will still be around. That means you don't have to worry about that hefty penalty, provided you don't go straight to the RFID lane.

In the meantime, you can get an RFID sticker regardless of the lane you're lined-up. As soon as you're at the gate, the electronic tag will be put on your vehicle by the expressway's employees or representatives. That said, you only have until January 10 for that service. After that, you will have to go to the specific stickering lane to get it attached. For the convenience of many, the on-site installation will be 24/7 from December 1, 2020, to January 11, 2021.

Of course, the DOTr will provide measures to avoid instances of lining up in the RFID lane by mistake. The agency will place large signboards to redirect motorists who need the stickers installed and activated. Traffic marshals will also be on the ground to aid the drivers.

The DOTr would like to remind the public that there is no expiration date for the load. Also, you can still get your RFID tags off-site through distribution stalls in subdivisions, corporate offices, selected malls, LGUs, and LTO District Offices.