Back in February 2021, the Toll Regulatory Board announced plans to impose a ‘3-strike policy’ against RFID users that constantly pass through expressways with not enough load. According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Garry De Guzman, it will serve as a deterrent to those that are abusing the transition period. Under the current guidelines, violators will not be penalized for not having enough load on their RFID.

There was no exact date as to when it will be imposed across all expressways in the country. However, our colleagues over at MotoPinas.com were able to spot a sign at one of the toll plazas at the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX) that announced the date of its implementation.

Starting May 15, 2021, vehicles that pass through MCX RFID lanes with insufficient load for the third time will be slapped with a ‘Disregarding Traffic Signs’ violation and a PHP 1,000 fine. To clarify whether this is true or not, we asked TRB spokesperson Julius Corpuz.

According to Corpuz, the TRB has indeed informed toll operators that implementation of the said 3-strike policy will take effect on May 15, 2021. This was done in order to give toll operators ample time to conduct an intensified information campaign to inform motorists of the upcoming policy. He added that the TRB is hoping that toll operators will be able to comply with the information campaign before its eventual implementation come May 15.

So for those that frequently use the expressways, make sure you have enough load on your RFID tags at all times. Also, it's not just MCX that will be adopting the new policy. Instead, all expressways will implement the 3-strike rule starting May 15.

Need to top up your RFID load? Those that use AutoSweep (SLEX, MCX, Skyway, STAR Tollway, and TPLEX) can reload at these locations. Meanwhile, those that have EasyTrip (NLEX, SCTEX, CALAX, and CAVITEX) can reload at any of their 50,000 reloading sites. As a reminder, NLEX is no longer accepting reloading at toll lanes, particularly at Balintawak and Bocaue toll plazas.