Department of Transportation (DOTR) Secretary Arthur Tugade will have a lot of explaining to do on the “lamentable experience” of motorists who shifted to the cashless toll collection system when he faces a Senate inquiry on the matter.
Senator Grace Poe, chairman of the Senate committee on public services, has filed a resolution to revisit the DOTR’s “ill-studied” order for expressway operators to shift to the cashless toll collection.
“Today, iniikot na ang resolution na ‘yan galing sa committee ko. Narinig ko na kay Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, na isa sa mga naunang naghain niyan, na susuportahan nga niya itong tawag na ito (Today, the resolution is circulated coming from my committee. I heard it is with Sen. Gatchalian, who is among the proponents of that, and that he will support this call),” she said in an interview on Thursday.
Poe said that DOTR’s ordering a 100-percent cashless collection system at the tollgates resulted in worsening traffic jams at the expressways.
“We are asking the DOTR to suspend the full implementation of the 100-percent cashless transaction it compelled toll operators. The system isn’t completely ready,” Poe explained.She added that some toll operators requiring a minimum P500 load for their radio frequency identification card accounts should be reviewed. SOVEREIGNPH