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Motorists express frustration over long RFID queues

A driver on Tuesday expressed his displeasure with the long lines of cars and motorists rushing to have their RFIDs installed before the implementation of cashless payments along expressways.

In Ivan Mayrina's report on “24 Oras,” Nilo Rellama said that he had been attempting to line up for his RFID sticker for the past three days.

“Hindi nakakatuwa. Mag mula Road 20 hanggang dito, dalawang oras at kalahati ang kinukuha. Eh, itong haba ng traffic nandoon yata sa trinoma. Hindi nakakatuwa. Dapat dagdagan nila ‘yung bilihan nila ng sticker,” complained Rellamo.

The cars that converged to get their RFID at the Balintawak Toll Plaza created a line that reached EDSA. A long line of cars aiming to get a sticker was also seen in the Mindanao Avenue Toll Plaza.

TVNS driver Egay Manuel, meanwhile, suggested that an appointment system would ensure quick processing.

“Siguro naman mas mapapadili kung online kasi once na pag online at nakakuha ka ng appointment, sure ka na na pag pila mo ay ma-entertain ka,” Manuel said.

Manuel was also among those who persevered with the RFID queuing as he needed it for his livelihood.

The Toll Regulatory Board meanwhile explained that though it would begin implementing cashless payments by November 2, there was no deadline for the installation of RFIDs.

“‘Yung November 2 po na sinasabi natin, ‘yun po ‘yung pag-iimplement po ng 100 percent cashless payment. Hindi na po tayo mag-babayad ng cash sa plaza. Hindi po ‘yun ‘yung deadline ng pagkuha ng RFID. ‘Yung pong pagbibigay ng RFID, tuloy-tuloy po ‘yan,” said Board Executive Director Abraham Sales. — Joahna Lei Casilao/DVM, GMA