The use of RFID has been around for years, but due to the pandemic, its use and implementation have increased.
Back in August 2020, DO No. 2020-012 by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) was released. It requires contactless and cashless transactions for all vehicles that use toll expressways.
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It was supposed to be implemented in November that year. But to give vehicle owners more time to comply and get themselves RFIDs, the move was pushed back up to January 11, 2021.
One of the goals is to remove cash lanes on toll gates. But as you know, today, they still operate.
That’s what the new House Resolution 159 wants to address. It was filed to urge the DOTr to expedite the implementation of Phase two and three of the Toll Interoperability Protect.
Phase 2 means that motorists can still have two RFID wallets (EasyTrip and AutoSweep), but they will only have 1 RFID sticker attached to their vehicles.
But with Phase 3, the two RFID wallets will now be merged into one.
Since this was all part of the plan in the first place, what Congress wants is for the DOTr and other related agencies to fast-track the said Toll Interoperability Project and put it back on track. Especially now since motorists already had more than a year to obtain RFID tags.
Do you think this is really the right time for something like this? Will it really affect the current situation of the expressway toll gates in the country? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Via: Top Gear Philippines