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        Heavy traffic, confusion mark first day of Skyway Stage 3 toll fee collection

        Same-same in EDSA?
        by Aris Ilagan Jul 12, 2021
        PHOTO: Dona Policar

        Regular motorists at the Skyway Stage 3 were caught by surprise by the heavy traffic as they approached the toll exits on the first day of fee collection.

        On Monday, the driving public took to social media to complain about the traffic condition on the elevated expressway. After the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued a traffic advisory, motorists avoided EDSA and headed for Skyway Stage 3, only to be met with a worse situation.


        Manuel Bonoan, president of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) tollway systems, cited two factors that contributed to the heavy traffic on the elevated structure:

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        • The high volume of vehicles is normal during Monday rush hour traffic.
        • Motorists enter the Skyway Stage 3 with either insufficient or no load at all in their Autosweep accounts.

        “I think eventually it will normalize,” says Bonoan in an interview over radio station DZBB. Even before the announcement on the start of toll fee collection, the Skyway management already reminded motorists about its ‘no RFID, no entry’ policy.

        However, he said the major cause of vehicle pileup at exit points are motorists who end up paying cash for RFID load: “In-allow po namin yan temporarily sa first day ng toll fee collection. We are still tolerant to accommodate yung mga walang load.”

        Bonoan still reminded motorists to proceed to Autosweep RFID loading stations or load up online. The SMC tollways executive also debunked claims about defective sensors on the tollway plazas, and claimed that the devices are all working well.

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