To cope with the increased number of motorists wanting to avail of free Autosweep RFID stickers before the December 1 full implementation of cashless toll collection at major expressways,
San Miguel Corp. is setting up 100 additional RFID installation sites to cope with the surging number of motorists availing of the contactless toll payment tag.
SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said the company had noted a larger-than-expected spike in applications, particularly from non-regular users hoping to beat the Dec.1 deadline.
Ang said the company has increased manpower and equipment to fast-track the pre-enrollment and pre-activation of new Autosweep kits.
SMC also extended installation hours at the Skyway Runway Plaza, Old NAIAX toll plaza, C5 toll plaza and Nichols and Calamba toll plazas to 24 hours, seven days a week.
It likewise activated 100 new installation sites and increased tag allocation at the 52 existing sites
Ang, however, emphasized that motorists would still be able to get RFID stickers even after the implementation of the government mandate for cashless transactions.
The company is also expecting delivery soon of its RFID Mobile Wing Vans. These will enable Autosweep personnel to go to more areas and conduct installation activities.
“I would like to apologize to our motorists for any inconvenience. While our people are doing their best, and have been able to cater to majority of users, we also know that for many, it has been an unpleasant experience. We ask for your continued patience as we transition to a cashless mode and help further contain the spread of the virus and protect our motorists,” Ang said.