Valenzuela mayor to demand complete removal of barriers in NLEx toll plazas
MANILA, Philippines — Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian on Wednesday said he will demand that the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Corporation management completely remove barriers at the toll plaza.
The barriers-up scheme is a solution reached by the Valenzuela government and NLEx to ease traffic passing through the latter’s toll gates, which is being implemented for 17 hours. Under the scheme, radio-frequency identification (RFID) subscribers are not required to stop and wait for tollway scanners or readers to record the toll transactions.
NLEx however claimed that lifting the barriers may cause errant vehicles to cross the line, thereby causing accidents, a claim belied by the city mayor.
“From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. nakabarriers up kami, at nakadalawang buwan o tatlong buwan na wala namang problema. We are now demanding na buksan nila [NLEx] late until the evening kasi we have given it a try at wala namang naaksidente contrary to what they are saying,” said Gatchalian over Kapihan sa Manila Bay online press briefing.
(From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. we have barriers up, and we have two months or three months and there’s no issue with that. We are now demanding that NLEx must remove barriers late until evening because we have given it a try and there are no road accidents because of it, contrary to what they are saying).
“So our agenda is to do 24 hours barriers-up na and that’s our agenda to deal with them [NLEx Corp.] today because we wanted to do it mid-February. So we are going to do that,” he added.
The mayor said the barriers-up scheme is “beneficial to traffic” and have resulted in “decongested roads in Valenzuela City.”
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Removing barriers in toll plazas means radio-frequency identification (RFID) users are not required to stop and wait for tollway scanners or readers to record toll transactions.
The barriers up scheme was imposed last Dec. 16 after the city lifted the suspension of NLEx Corp’s business permit, which was triggered by the heavy traffic caused by the faulty cashless toll collection.
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