Cash lanes in SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, STAR, TPLEX still open until January

Updated Dec 11, 2020 | Same topic: RFID (Autosweep & Easytrip)

Motorists are encouraged to get an Autosweep RFID.

The shift to a cashless toll collection system in all expressways in the Philippines is already being implemented. This move is mandated by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Moreover, the DOTr believes that cashless toll collection will result in better traffic flow in toll plazas.

Toll Booth facade shot

Cash Lanes are still open in Skyway

As such, motorists are encouraged to have their cars installed with the necessary radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers as soon as possible.

However, all the tollways managed by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is still accepting cash toll collection until January 11, 2021. This was confirmed to us by a representative of SMC’s customer service.

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This means that you can opt to pay in cash when you use the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), Southern Luzon Arterial Road Tollway (STAR), and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

According to SMC’s customer service, there are still dedicated Cash Lanes in its expressways to cater to motorists who want to pay in cash. Of note, motorists who queue up on Cash Lanes will not be required to be installed with an Autosweep RFID.

>>> Related: Autosweep RFID Installation Guide: Costs, proper way, trouble-shooting tips

RFID Sticker Installation Lane

Be on the lookout for signs such as this

SMC clarified that there are separate lanes dedicated to RFID sticker installation. In addition, there are lanes exclusively for vehicles that already have an Autosweep RFID sticker. 

SMC reiterates that it will only be accepting cash toll payments in SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, STAR, and TPLEX until January 11, 2021. After the said date, SMC tollways will only be accepting cashless RFID toll collection system, which is why motorists are highly encouraged to get one as soon as possible to avoid inconvenience.

>>> Related: Complete list of 24/7 Autosweep, Easytrip RFID installation sites


SLEX top view

Does your car already have an RFID sticker?

Previously, the DOTr announced that toll operators and motorists are given an adjustment period until January 11, 2021. This means that motorists without an RFID sticker still has the chance to get one since the majority of the toll booths will be dedicated as installation lanes. The agency added that RFID installation in all tollways will be open 24/7 until January 11, 2021. 

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Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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