A COMMUTER group yesterday dared the two concessionaires of the government’s cashless toll payment program to first settle the issue of interoperability before they implement the ‘no RFID sticker no entry’ in all expressways.
In an interview, lawyer Ariel Inton, founder of Lawyers for Commuters for Safety and Protection (LCSP) and Leonardo de Leon Jr., national president of #LABAN TNVS in Quezon City, said SMC and MPIC should first solve the issue of interoperability before pressuring car owners to beat the December 2, 2020 deadline.
“Bilang mga commuter at motorists binibigyan din namin sila ng deadline (SMC and MPIC) ayusin muna nila yung issue sa interoperability before December 2, 2020, bago ang lahat,” said Inton and De Leon.
De Leon said for their part, #LABAN TNVS officers and members have been experiencing problems regarding the interoperability controversy.
“Kami kasi, ang trips namin from north expressway to south expressway vice versa, kaya talagang abala sa amin at sa commuters at doble gastos dahil sa issue ng interoperability,” said De Leon.
“Unless we ensure the efficiency of interoperability of the implementation of RFID, then we should suspend the implementation of no RFID no entry in expressway, “ said Ardy Cristobal, head of the North and South Auto Crew (NSAC), in a separate interview.
“We suggest the availability both RFID and cash lanes to avoid congestion,” he added.
Cristobal said that industrial countries still have cash lanes for emergency purposes even they efficiently use cashless toll payments.
“Kasi di maisan ang aberya ng system,” said Cristobal.