DOTr intensifies drive for toll interoperability

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has intensified its campaign for the implementation of toll interoperability in order to ensure convenient and seamless travel of motorists amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019.

The department said on Monday that Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has implored toll operators in the toll collection interoperability agreement to fast-track the necessary measures in order to fully implement the scheme.

“We are grateful to our private partners who have always demonstrated their unparalleled support in this project. We need their assistance to fast-track the needed measures in order to fully implement toll interoperability. Hindi ‘ho namin ito kakayanin mag-isa. Tulung-tulong ‘ho tayo muli at dahil sa kinakaharap nating krisis, kailangan nating bilisan,” Tugade said.

Under the first phase of the implementation, Autosweep tags issued by San Miguel Group for the Skyway, SLEX, STAR Tollway, TPLEX, NAIAx, and the MCX will be readable at the Easytrip System on the NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex, C5 Southlink, and CALAX using two accounts.

With this, motorists will be able to seamlessly use their RFID tags issued by a toll road operator at the toll plaza of another operator upon completion of registration.

As of May 2020, there are more than 700,000 Autosweep RFID tags that are qualified for registration, according to the Toll Regulatory Board.

Under phase 2, Easystrip RFID tags issued by the Metro Pacific Group for the NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex, C-5 Southlink and CALAX, will soon be readable at the Autosweep System or at the Skyway, SLEX, STAR Tollway, TPLEX, NAIAx, and MCX using two accounts.

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