A few weeks ago, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and Department of Transporation (DOTr) announced that they were planning to impose a three-strike policy against erring RFID users. Specifically, these are motorists continuously passing through tollways with insufficient balances on their Autosweep or Easytrip RFID accounts. As a result, they hold up other motorists and cause traffic at toll booths.

So far, the TRB and DOTR have not announced the implementation of the policy. Once it is in place, however, erring motorists will receive a reminder to load for the first offense, a warning for the second offense, and apprehension with corresponding penalties for those who violate for the third time.

Even though it is still uncertain when the policy will be rolled out, tollway operators are already preparing for its possible implementation in the future. San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is one of them. The operator of STAR, SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, and TPLEX, announced they are to comply with the TRB's new three-strike policy once the agency decides to implement it. SMC president and COO, Ramon Ang, added the Autosweep RFID system is capable of detecting and monitoring repeat offenders.

SMC would like to remind motorists that they can reload their Autosweep accounts via various channels to prevent insufficient balances when passing through expressways. Autosweep RFID users can do so at toll plazas or through online systems such as GCash, PayMaya, and banking apps. Over-the-counter payment is also accepted at several convenience stores.

“With all these efforts, I hope our motorists will find it much easier to comply with government mandate and shift to the much safer and faster system of electronic toll collection. We will continue to work to make necessary adjustments and improvements to support government initiatives and ensure that motorists will have better, safer journeys on our expressways,” said Ang.