Screenshot from Skyway O&M Corporation's website.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and toll operators in the Philippines are set to sign an agreement this month that will see the integration of toll collection systems across 13 expressways in Luzon.
The Toll Collection Interoperability Agreement includes the following toll operators: San Miguel Holdings Corporation, Private Infra Development Corporation, Skyway O&M Corporation, South Luzon Tollways Corporation, Vertex Tollways Development Incorporated, Star Infrastructure Development Corporation, NLEX Corporation, Tollway Management Corporation, Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation, Manila Toll Expressway Systems Incorporated, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, PEA Tollway Corporation, MPCALA Holdings Incorporated, Ayala Corporation, and MCX Tollway Inc.
Besides DOTr and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), the agreement also includes other government agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).
The agreement is composed of two phases, which will take six months each to complete. The first phase will focus on enabling an electronic toll collection using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, while the second phase cover interoperating cash collection.
Once completed, motorists will be able to use electronic tags from one toll road operator in the other toll roads. Meanwhile, motorists who pay via cash will only need to get a ticket once at entry and pay once at exit, regardless of which toll road they enter and exit from.
"For example, after completion of the NLEX-SLEX connector roads, a motorist will only have to get a ticket once at an NLEX entry, and pay once at an SLEX exit," said DOTr.
The Toll Collection Interoperability Agreement aims to provide motorists with faster and more seamless travel experience.
"Our expressways are managed by different companies. But they have always demonstrated that they are willing to work together and work with the government if that means giving motorists, their customers, a better travel experience," said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.
"Making our toll systems interoperable will definitely bring a new level of convenience to our motorists, especially during peak seasons," he added.
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