Heads up, motorists. Now is a good time to add more load to your RFID tags. That's because, if you frequent the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), be prepared to pay more than usual.

NLEX Corporation, through parent firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp, has announced that they will be raising toll fees starting November 25. The previously-approved hike by the Toll Regulatory Board will be effective starting 12:01 AM on Wednesday.

Starting with the “open system” which covers Quezon City, Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, Malabon City, Navotas City, and Meycauayan and Marilao in Bulacan, Class 1 vehicles (regular cars and SUVs) will pay an additional PHP 4. Meanwhile, Class 2 vehicles consisting of buses and small trucks will pay PHP 10 more, and Class 3 will pay PHP 11 more.

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As for the “closed system” which starts from Bocaue, Bulacan to Sta. Ines interchange and connection to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway or SCTEX, the price increase is six centavos per kilometer. End to end from Metro Manila to Mabalacat City in Pampanga, it's an additional Php 9, PhP 20, and PhP 25 depending on the class with the adjusted rates. You may also check the official toll fee matrix on the TRB website here.

According to the company, the toll fees had to go up due to the opening of the new NLEX Harbor Link segment. The increase was also scheduled to take place months ago but deferred to avoid burdening motorists at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For now, you can still use cash but only up until the end of November. Starting December 1, all tollways will be shifting to cashless toll collection, NLEX included. After the holiday season, Easytrip RFID must be on the vehicle to use the tollway. If you still do not have an RFID tag, you must set an appointment to get one fitted. Application sites no longer accept walk-ins to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.