It was only a few days back when the City of Valenzuela suspended the business permits, as well as the business operations of NLEX Corporation. With it, all of NLEX's toll plazas in the city can't charge motorists when entering the expressway. In addition, all barriers have been raised, and the RFID scanners turned off.
What was the result? Well, Mayor Rex Gatchalian recently posted pictures of what he described as a 'stress-free highway'. With no long lines at the toll plazas caused by faulty RFID tags/scanners, all vehicles are able to travel faster and hassle-free.
Gatchalian even claimed that the barriers at the toll plazas are the ones causing delays for motorists. With that in mind, Gatchalian asked why NLEX Corporation can't remove the barriers, but keep the RFID sensors that they claim are in working order.
“Alisin na lang kaya ng NLEX mga barriers kasi sabi nila ayos naman mga sensors nila. So if confident sila na magaling mga RFID sensors nila bakit pa may barriers?,” said Gatchalian.
[NLEX can just remove the barriers because they say their sensors are okay. So if they are confident that their RFID sensors are good, why are there still barriers?]
He added that they have to shift the burden to NLEX Corporation. Without the barriers delaying vehicular traffic, cars can seamlessly travel with ease. If the sensors fail to detect the RFID tags placed on cars, that's NLEX's problem, not motorists that use the expressway.
NLEX Corporation has since posted its action plans in order to alleviate traffic flow and decongest toll plazas of long lines. But until the company puts its action plans into motion, it looks like the toll holiday in Valenzuela will be here to stay for a little while longer.