For the past couple of weeks, motorists have been flocking to their nearest RFID installation centers as toll roads are set to go cashless. It's because the government said that cash transactions will no longer be honored by November 2, in a bid to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.
But with the date drawing closer, the public is asking the government if it is possible to move the deadline. After much demand, the Department of Transport (DOTr) has heeded that call. Instead of November 2, you now have until December 1 to get RFID tags installed on your vehicles.
“Secretary Tugade allowed the extension to give motorists, especially infrequent toll road users, more time to comply with the department order and to prevent the long queues currently being experienced at toll roads in the rush to get the RFID stickers. But, mind you, this will be the last time that we will be extending. No more extension beyond December 1,” said Abraham Sales, executive director of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB).
With that, motorists have more than one month to get AutoSweep and EasyTrip RFID stickers. As a reminder, AutoSweep is valid in SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, MCX, STAR Tollway, and TPLEX. Meanwhile, EasyTrip is for NLEX, NLEX Harbor Link, C5 Link, SCTEX, CAVITEX, and CALAX.
As mentioned, the Government will not extend the deadline after December 1. But just because you have over a month to get tags installed, it doesn't mean you shouldn't line up and get it right now. DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor said motorists should make good use of it, and not an excuse for getting the tags at the last minute.
“Iwasan natin ‘yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, tsaka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID”, said Pastor.
[Let us avoid getting rushing to installation sites with just one week left before the deadline.]
So, where can you get AutoSweep and EasyTrip RFID stickers installed? The Toll Regulatory Board listed them all down on their website, along with their operating hours. Yes, staying in line to get the stickers could take a good chunk out of your day, but it's better to do it now that get fined for driving on toll roads without it.