Motorists will have to pay toll again when passing by the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Valenzuela City starting Wednesday noon as the local government ordered an end to the toll holiday.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian has ordered the conditional lifting of the suspension order on NLEX Corp's business permit, the local government said in its social media pages.
The mayor suspended the business permit of NLEX Corp due to faulty RFID sensors that worsened traffic in the city.
NLEX Corp has agreed with Valenzuela City to implement the following :
- "Barriers up" in all RFID lanes in the toll plazas within Valenzuela City from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Toll fees will be collected during these hours.
- Barriers down from 10:01 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. in all RFID lanes for safety reasons.
- Reinstatement of cash lanes in strategic locations in the toll plazas in the city.
- Upgrading of RFID system and account management to address growing consumer complaints to be completed on or before Jan. 30, 2021.
Both NLEX Corp and the Valenzuela City government will also have representatives in a technical working group that will be tasked to "innovate traffic and account management initiatives."
Gatchalian previously complained that non-responsive RFID sensors have caused traffic buildup in NLEX, which cuts through Valenzuela and among the last cities on the highway before it ends at the Balintawak Toll Plaza.