MANILA, Philippines — Long lines of vehicles at toll gates are very common scenes when motorists stream along expressways especially during long vacation holidays and rush hours.
Because of this, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and the AF Payments Incorporated launched on Tuesday an electronic payment system at toll gates on the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).
Using their easy trip RFID Beep cards, and MasterCard contactless cards, motorists can now pay their toll fees without releasing cash.
The said project is in line with the National Retail Payment System Program of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
It aims to turn the system of payment electronic in up to 20% of all government transactions in the country.
“It allows customers to be more flexible in so far as their payment experience is concerned, they can use the card to pay for example in the tollway, they can use the card to pay in [at] the gasoline station, they can use the card in paying at the convenience store,” said PayMaya Philippines Head of Acquiring Mar Lazaro.
The MPTC has yet to allow special lines for motorists using e-payment cards as it is still looking into how many motorists will get into the said system.
“As we increase transactions, we increase usage of the contactless cards that is something that we can in the future plan of putting dedicated contactless cards,” said NLEX Corp. Operations and Technology Management Head Robert Bontia.
The cashless payment can now be used at toll gates on SCTEX and Cavitex. However, motorists plying NLEX can use the cashless payment scheme only on Balintawak up to Marilao Exit northbound lane.
The MPTC and its private partners target to fully implement cashless payment at all NLEX toll gates by the third quarter of 2018.
Motorists can buy load for their payment cards through various convenience stores, supermarkets and malls across the country. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
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