Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) wrapped up talks with toll road companies regarding the Toll Collection Interoperability Agreement. Progress has been made regarding the agreement with the toll operators, the DOTr and TRB, along with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) have signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to unify toll collection systems nationwide.
With the MOA signed, the first phase of the Toll Interoperability Agreement can now begin. The first phase sees toll collection with the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The shift to RFID will take approximately six months from today, according to the DOTr. At the same time, companies involved in the Agreement will also be exploring the development and possible implementation of E-Money interoperability.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the Toll Interoperability Agreement will begin upon the completion of the first phase. The second phase will cover cash collection interoperability.
Under the agreement, the expressway operators will be required to make changes in their respective toll collection systems in order for these road networks to be integrated and seamless with one another. For motorists using electronic tags may use just one device from one toll road to another, even with two different operators. For those using cash as a payment method, motorists only have to get a ticket once at entry, and pay once at exit, regardless of which toll road they enter and exit from, regardless of operator. Upon the completion of the NLEX-SLEX connector roads, motorists will only have to get a ticket once at an NLEX entry, and pay once at an SLEX exit, allowing a more seamless transition from the North to the South and vice versa.
Parties to the interoperability agreement include: San Miguel Holdings Corporation, Private Infra Development Corporation, Skyway O&M Corporation, South Luzon Tollways Corporation, Vertex Tollways Development Incorporated, Star Infrastructure Development Corporation, NLEX Corporation, Tollway Management Corporation, Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation, Manila Toll Expressway Systems Incorporated, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, PEA Tollway Corporation, MPCALA Holdings Incorporated, Ayala Corporation, and MCX Tollway Inc.