In a statement on Thursday, NLEX Corp. said it will write a letter instead to Mayor Rex Gatchalian detailing its “clear and concrete” action plans to resolve the issue.
“NLEX Corporation has received yesterday the letter of Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian which stated the requirements to lift the suspension of our business permits in the City,” the statement read.
“As stated in our previous communications with him, we have prepared our action plans to address these concerns. We will reply to the letter indicating our clear and concrete solutions by today,” it added.
According to NLEX Corp., the conditions include specific solutions to traffic-causing problems such as “RFID stickers that easily wear out, sensors that cannot promptly read RFID stickers, and missing load.”
The Manny Pangilinan-led company, thus, committed to relocate existing RFID sticker installation and account reloading in the Karuhatan and Mindanao toll plazas “effective immediately” to ease gridlock.
NLEX Corp., however, pointed out that it was not only the sticker installation that caused traffic congestion in the area.
“(The first day of the full implementation of cashless and contactless transactions… combined with the surge of Manila-bound commuters, seasonal build-up, and lifting of truck ban and number coding scheme caused inconvenience and delays,” it said.
Meanwhile, the Toll Regulatory Board, the government agency mandated to regulate tollways, seems to distance itself from the issue.
TRB Executive Director Abraham Sales, in an online news conference, said its audit team has yet to complete its analysis about the factors that went wrong on the initial implementation of the cashless toll collection policy.
When asked if TRB was partly to blame for the RFID fiasco, Sales instead said: “On the operational part, I think the other operators are being praised. (They) continue to improve their system while the TRB, even with the limited personnel, is pushing for an efficient system.”
Sales warned to impose penalties against toll operators who cannot seamlessly integrate an efficient system. He, however, failed to cite specific sanctions.
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