Valenzuela stays firm with NLEX suspension order

CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) -- Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian on Monday stood firm in continuing the suspension order against the North Luzon Expressway Corporation (NLEX) after a dialogue between the two parties to iron out the issues hounding the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) implementation in tollways.

Gatchalian said the suspension order remains until NLEx “completes its upgrade” in the operation of its RFID system by Jan. 30, 2021, that reportedly caused massive traffic jams in areas along tollways.

The mayor was quick to point out some of the reasons for the said deferral of NLEX’s business permit, since Dec. 5, such as “disregard of general welfare, public safety, and consumer rights.”

The business permit suspension has resulted to a toll holiday in six NLEX toll plazas in the City namely, Karuhatan-Mindanao Avenue Toll Plaza, Karuhatan-Harbor Link Toll Plaza, Karuhatan-MacArthur Highway Sub-Exit, Mindanao Avenue Toll Plaza, Paso de Blas Toll Plaza, and Lawang Bato Toll Booth.

For his part, NLEX President and General Manager J. Luigi Bautista, presented its plans on decongesting toll plazas in Valenzuela City, addressing RFID sticker issues and reloading challenges.

"We appreciate that we were able to talk in this manner," Bautista said. "Open po iyong ating discussion and open din tayo to talk further hanggang maresolve po natin ito sa madaling panahon.

The corporation will also be reopening cash lanes, deploy RFID assistants, implement an intensive RFID replacement program and communication campaign.

NLEX has also opened its plan for the future implementation of a selective and timed “Barriers Up” scheme for RFID lanes during heavy traffic situations.

"You have anytime you want, I will make myself available for further answers to our questions on the 'barriers up', and that will be the answer as to when we will lift the suspension," Gatchalian told Bautista.

"By January 30, you are to finish the upgrade of your account management system to significantly reduce all the traffic complaints, the ball is now on your court," he said to NLEX. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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