We have some not-so-good news for motorists that frequently use the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

Starting tomorrow (May 18, 2021) NLEX Corporation will be charging users of the expressway more than what we've been used to. But before you grab those digital pitchforks, the increase in toll fees isn't that much: just 2-3 percent.

Yes, the price increase is not that big. According to the tollway operator, there will be an additional PHP 2 charge for Class 1 vehicles in the open system, VAT included. For the rest of NLEX, end to end, Class 1 vehicles will pay an additional PHP 6. For reference, the open system, where a flat rate is charged per entry, includes Quezon City, Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, Malabon City, Navotas City, Meycauayan City, and Marilao, Bulacan. The closed system is between Bocaue, Bulacan, and Mabalacat City, Pampanga.

It's not just Class 1 vehicles that will have to pay more to use NLEX. Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles will also experience an increase in toll fees. In the open system, Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles will be charged an additional PHP 3 and PHP 4, respectively. From end-to-end, NLEX toll booths will collect an additional PHP 14 for Class 2 and PHP 16 for Class 3 vehicles.

In a statement, NLEX Corporation says the price increase was part of an approved period adjustment due in 2012 and 2014, or seven years ago. But rather than implementing a sudden price increase, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and NLEX decided to implement the increase on a staggered basis to cushion the impact of the adjustment.

PHP 2 to 16 may be a small number, but for frequent users of NLEX it'll be significant.