Are you still using an EasyTrip Tag today? Better switch to the new RFID stickers soon as they will no longer be valid in a few months. The operators of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) have announced that the EasyTrip Tag will no longer be valid starting October 1, 2020.
To this day, vehicles with the EasyTrip Tag can still use the ETC lanes on both NLEX and SCTEX. They just need to have the tag with them in the vehicle. However, by October 1, only vehicles fitted with RFID stickers will be allowed to pass through ETC lanes on the expressways. The last day to use the EasyTrip Tag will be on September 30, 2020.
There’s no need to worry too if your EasyTrip Tag still has balance remaining. All balances in the EasyTrip can be transferred to the RFID account easily by visiting any NLEX Customer Service Center or by filling up the transfer balance form when you convert onsite. You may also download the Request For Transfer of Balance Form from Easytrip.ph and send it to [email protected]. Unfortunately, no refund will be given for payment made for the device.
For those that don’t remember what an EasyTrip Tag is, they were the small white device that previously used to automatically collect toll on the various expressways around the country years before the RFID stickers were rolled out. Unlike the RFID stickers, which are fitted onto vehicles directly, the EasyTrip Tags were something you could bring separately. They are also bulkier in comparison to an RFID sticker and are not easily scanned by an expressway's system than today’s RFID stickers.
It might be a hassle to convert to RFID. On the bright side, you no longer have to bring different kinds of devices to pass through the ETC lanes of various expressways across the country. An RFID sticker is all you need to bring you from North to South expressways, or vice versa.