San Miguel Corporation (SMC) just made a big announcement: in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country, all toll roads operating under SMC will soon go cashless.
In a recent statement, SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said that SMC Tollways will offer free installation of radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers to all types of vehicles (including PUVs) that travel along Skyway, NAIAX, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway), and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
SMC said that the recommendation to switch to the cashless transactions via RFID was made by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) through the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB). The LTFRB has also ordered other toll operators to provide free installation of RFID for vehicles using expressways as a means to limit direct hand contact for all toll payments to ensure physical distancing measures are followed.
“We are committed to protecting motorists and our tollway operators and ensuring that everyone’s health is safeguarded by limiting personal contact and going 100 percent RFID on toll roads that we operate,” said Ang.
The first phase of SMC Tollways switching to full RFID will cover the elevated section of Skyway, NAIAX, and SLEX come October 15, 2020. Meanwhile, the second phase will cover the at-grade sections of the previously mentioned tollways, along with STAR Tollway and TPLEX come January 2021.
Getting RFID will be convenient and accessible with a scheme called “RFID To Go” where the sticker can be installed at the lanes with a minimum PhP 200 load for Class 1 vehicles and an amount equivalent to farthest toll for Classes 2 and 3. Supporting documents are not required for all applications.
With the country still experiencing COVID-19 infections, SMC Tollway's plan to switch to cashless transactions across all toll roads will help curb the spread of the contagious disease.