If you’re heading out of town on the eve of Christmas and New Year, you might want to leave between the hours of 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM the next day.

San Miguel Corporation, the operator of SLEX, Skyway, STAR Tollway, NAIAX, TPLEX, will continue its tradition of waiving toll fees during both holidays. Ramon S. Ang, the president, and chief operating officer of SMC, said that the yearly toll holiday tradition is their way of granting motorists temporary free access to the expressways.

“From 10:00 pm on December 24 to 6:00 am on December 25 we will open all our expressways -STAR, SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, TPLEX--for free to all motorists. We are doing the same from 10:00 pm on December 31, to 6:00 am on January 1. This is an annual tradition that we do for the benefit of motorists, especially those who have to see family in other parts of the city or have to go home to the provinces,” said Ang.

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Despite the pandemic, the company decided to continue the yearly tradition since it has become a part of its commitment to motorists.

“This year will be no exception, we’re still implementing the toll holiday, although because of the pandemic, we know we are all asked to minimize contact with others outside our immediate families. But we still thought to open the expressways because it has become part of our commitment to motorists, and a way for us to give a little Christmas cheer,” added Ang.

Ang added that for those that need to urgently travel on the eve of Christmas and New Year, he hopes that the motorists will appreciate and enjoy the toll holiday.