San Miguel Corp said Friday it was setting up 100 additional AutoSweep RFID installation sites "immediately" to help motorists adapt to cashless expressways that will be in force by Dec. 1.
Motorists can still apply for AutoSweep RFID stickers even after Dec. 1. AutoSweep is used in southern tollways built by San Miguel. Northern toll roads, built by rival Metro Pacific, uses EasyTrip.
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The volume of applications has been larger that expected and San Miguel is implementing the following to help motorists cope, said its president, Ramon S. Ang.
- Further increasing manpower and equipment to fast-track the pre-enrollment and pre-activation of new Autosweep kits.
- Extending installation hours within the carriageway to 24 hours, seven days a week. This includes the Skyway Runway Plaza, Old NAIAX toll plaza, C5 toll plaza and Nichols and Calamba toll plazas.
- Activation of 100 new installation sites immediately, as soon as the expected bulk delivery of RFID stickers are received.
- Increasing tag allocation at the 52 existing sites
- Increasing offsite installation at barangays, villages, etc.
The online appointment system will also be modified to accomodate requests to hold RFID caravans in local governments, villages and shopping malls. Walk-in applicants could be accepted, San Miguel said.
“Although vehicles without RFID will no longer be allowed to travel on tollways beginning Dec. 1, we will still have RFID installation in various locations, as well as continuing programs for motorists to get stickers," Ang said.
"We will also maintain installation sites at major entry plazas. You can still secure stickers at a more convenient time, even after the deadline,” Ang said.
“I would like to apologize to our motorists for any inconvenience. While our people are doing their best, and have been able to cater to majority of users, we also know that for many, it has been an unpleasant experience. We ask for your continued patience as we transition to a cashless mode and help further contain the spread of the virus and protect our motorists,” he said.