The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) is gearing up for the surge of motorists in expressways beginning October 31 to November 5.
The MPTC is planning to set up additional toll collection points in strategic areas along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx); the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx); and the Manila–Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx).
The plan is expected to ease the flow of vehicles and shorten queues of motorists at toll plazas.
The MPTC is also planning to suspend all construction works in the three major expressways to keep the roads free of obstructions.
There will also be patrol teams to manage traffic flow on ground and motorist camps in strategic areas along the thoroughfares where motorists can avail of free WiFi access, drinking water and first aid treatment or basic mechanical services in case of road emergencies.
Meanwhile, the MPTC reminds motorists to make sure they enter the proper toll gate to avoid delays.
“Iyon po namang mga toll plazas natin malayo pa lang makikita na natin ang mga signs. Iyong green arrow kung cash payer ka, doon lang; iyon lang ang tumbukin nating lane. Dapat malayo pa lang tingnan na ng mga motorista. Magdesisyon na sila kung saan dapat gumamit na toll,” said Glenn Campos, the vice president for technology and operation management of the NLEX Corporation.
The Toll Regulatory Board noted that there will be no increase in toll rate despite continuous road improvements and expansion works in NLEx, SCTEx, and CAVITEx.
The Board said they are still having a thorough study on whether to approve the P9.00 toll rate increase being requested by the MPTC.
“Iyang toll rate na iyan ingat na ingat tayo ngayon dyan, ang gobyerno, dahil kasi ayaw na nating maka-contribute pa sa inflation sa sitwasyon natin ngayon,” said TRB member Alberto Suansing.
But in event that the toll rate hike is approved, Suansing said, it will be collected on a staggered basis so as not to burden the motorists. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)
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