Amid expressway operators being slammed by a senator, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Monday that the SMC TPLEX Corp. (SMCTC), Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), and the NLEX Corp. (NLEX) have agreed to conduct testing for the interoperability of their systems.
“We are grateful to our private partners who have demonstrated their unparalleled support in this project. We need their assistance to fast-track the necessary measures to fully implement toll interoperability. Hindi ‘ho namin ito kakayanin mag-isa. Tulung-tulong ‘ho tayo muli. At dahil sa kinakaharap nating pandemya, kailangan ‘ho nating bilisan ang programang ito (We can’t do this alone. Let’s work together. Because of the pandemic, we have to hasten the program),” DOTr Secretary Arturo Tugade said.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has slammed expressway operators for traffic jams at the tollgates with some reports saying there were glitches in their cashless payment system. He has called for a Senate inquiry into the issue.
Nonetheless, the toll operators and concessionaires signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) to jointly test the use of AutoSweep and EasyTrip radio frequency identification (RFID) cashless toll payments for the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) and on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and to determine the Read Rate Percentage.
SMCTC, a subsidiary of the San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMHC), and concessionaire and the operator of the TPLEX, uses the AutoSweep RFID tag. Meanwhile, the MPTC, the investment holding company of the NLEX Corp. (operator of the NLEX and SCTEX), uses the EasyTrip RFID tag for its electronic toll collection. SOVEREIGNPH