Ayusin muna traffic! Senator wants NLEX toll fee hike deferred

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III has protested the looming increase in toll fees to be collected by the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), saying the hike is untimely and undeserved.

“Bago sila humingi ng dagdag na bayad, ayusin muna nila ang trapik sa NLEX. I call on the management of NLEX to address this perennial traffic buildup on our major expressway,” Pimentel said in a statement.

NLEX is owned by the Metro Pacific Tollways Group led by bilyonaryo Manny Pangilinan.

The toll rate hike, as approved by the Toll Regulatory Board, will result in a P7 increase in the open system for class 1 vehicles, P17 for class 2 vehicles, and P19 for class 3 or large trucks, effective Thursday, June 15, 2023.

“In behalf of the hundreds of thousands of motorists plying the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), I appeal for some considerations and reprieve on the proposed increased toll rates. Our people are grappling with the effects of inflation and, therefore, implementing a toll increase at these challenging times would exacerbate their economic hardships,” Pimentel added.

The senator said it would vbe “unfair” for motorists to pay more to use NLEX considering the “EDSA-like traffic” sometimes experienced on the expressway, specifically from Balintawak to Meycauayan.

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