A senator criticized the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) as seemingly ‘natutulog sa pansitan’ or like it is sleeping on the job as it has been slow in responding to complaints of motorists towards the glitches of the cashless collection system at the expressways.
TRB Executive Director Abraham Sales countered by saying the cashless collection system based on the radio frequency identification (RFID) already accounts for up to 90 percent of toll collections at the expressways.
But Poe isn’t impressed.“’Yung Toll Regulatory Board ay parang natulog sa pansitan (The TRB looks like it is sleeping on the job),” Senator Grace Poe said in a statement on Sunday.
Poe, who heads the Senate Public Services Committee, said the committee will start conducting an investigation starting on December 17 on the glitches of the RFID-based collection system, and how to resolve the issue.
“Unang-una, nais nating maayos ang sitwasyon para sa ating mga kababayan, na hindi naman sila napeperwisyo at nahihirapang pumila doon at nakababad ng matagal. Pangalawa, nais nating malaman ano ba talaga ang naging dahilan kung bakit hindi maayos ang pagpapatakbo nito (Firstly, we want to fix the situation for the public’s good, so that they don’t have a hard time waiting in long lines in traffic. Secondly, we want to know the reason behind the issues on why system’s glitches could not be resolved),” she said.Meanwhile, Sales said payment of toll fees done through the RFID system is between 80 percent to 90 percent, adding that over 3.7 million RFID stickers have already been installed or issued. SOVEREIGNPH