RFID tollway stickers have been on the news for some time now as motorists and other tollway operators are in a rush to meet the government’s deadline to move to 100% cashless toll-payment systems. The deadline was first set for November but was pushed back to December 1.
But even if the deadline is due next month, this quick guide will answer your questions regarding the matter.
First things first: AutoSweep is to San Miguel Corporation Tollways as EasyTrip is to Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation. This means that the RFID used for each expressway is different.
Please check the list below for your reference:
AutoSweep: San Miguel Corporation (SMC)-operated tollways
South Luzon Expressway
Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway
EasyTrip: Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC)-operated tollways
North Luzon Expressway
C5 South Link
In August, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) mandated all toll operators to move to the cashless payment system by November 2.
Both SMC and MPTC have stated that their cashless toll collection systems will be in place by that date, but due to unexpected circumstances, they decided to move the deadline to the end of the month.
“After careful study and deliberation, and especially in consideration of so many motorists who have not been able to secure an Autosweep RFID account because of the volume of applications we have today, we have decided to extend the deadline to November 30.
This means that from November 2 to 30, vehicles without RFID will still be allowed to enter the expressways,” SMC said in their statement.
NLEX Corporation also assured motorists that they would still be allowed to pass through MPTC-operated tollways even without RFIDs.
“There’s no need for those who will not travel on November 2 or infrequent expressway travelers to be in a rush to get the RFID stickers since they can have the RFID installed on the day of their travel,” said NLEX Corporation President J. Luigi Bautista. “This is to avoid overcrowding and long queues at the installation sites.”
Only Autosweep RFID stickers can be used on EasyTrip-compatible tollways for now.
The interoperability of these RFIDs has long been an issue among motorists. As of writing, only AutoSweep tags can be used along MPTC-operated tollways as long as you’ve opened an EasyTrip account with the said tag. You still won’t be able to use EasyTrip tags along SMC-operated tollways.
To sum it all off, if you have the Autosweep tag first, you can use it to open an Easytrip account — meaning your car will have one RFID tag (Autosweep) but two separate accounts (Autosweep and Easytrip).
“Interoperability” in this sense is limited to the use of a single RFID sticker for two tollway accounts. You need to maintain sufficient load on both your EasyTrip and AutoSweep wallets, as the funds contained within them are not interchangeable.
Note that not all EasyTrip installation sites can link your EasyTrip account to your AutoSweep RFID tag, so you need to go to one that provides the service.
If you first have an EasyTrip RFID sticker, SMC will not be able to use it for your AutoSweep account as of writing.
Here’s the list of RFID installation sites that are operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
24/7 AutoSweep installation sites:
C5 Customer Service Center southbound, Skyway/NAIAX
Old NAIAX Drive-Thru westbound, Skyway/NAIAX
Southwoods Toll Plaza northbound, SLEX
After Calamba Entry Toll Plaza, SLEX
Eton Toll Plaza northbound, SLEX
TPLEX Tarlac Main Office northbound, SLEX
24/7 EasyTrip installation sites:
Bocaue Barrier Lane, Lane X01, NLEX
Balintawak Lane, Lane N10, NLEX
CIC Customer Service northbound and southbound (ambulant), Cavitex
Merville Toll, C5 South Link
Taguig Toll Plaza, C5 South Link
Mamplasan-Greenfield Customer Service Center (Biñan-bound), CALAX
Laguna Boulevard Toll Plaza, CALAX (Class 1 vehicles only)
Laguna Technopark Toll Plaza, CALAX (Class 1 vehicles only)
You can also load up your AutoSweep and EasyTrip accounts online or via kiosks located outside the tollways.
Besides the usual reloading booths in major expressways or at toll plazas, there are also other ways to reload your RFIDs. To reload your EasyTrip account, go to JustPayTo, enter your EasyTrip account number, and select your payment method.
It’s also the same with AutoSweep: Just go to JustPayTo, enter your ATG or card number, and choose your preferred method of payment.
Payment options include Mastercard or Visa card, online banking, bank fund transfer, cash or check over the counter, as well as digital currencies.