Agri trucks exempted from toll fees hike starting June 1

<p><em>(PNA photo by Ben Briones)</em></p>

(PNA photo by Ben Briones)

MANILA – Department of Agriculture-accredited trucks transporting agricultural products will be exempted from toll fee increases and receive rebates beginning June 1.

Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Executive Director Alvin Carullo said the program reduces the impact of the toll rate increase on inflation to ensure the stability of food prices.

The rebate is equivalent to the recent enumerated toll increases.

The program will initially run for three months and is subject to evaluation for possible extension, according to the TRB.

For agri-trucks to qualify for the toll fee increase exemption, they should be DA-accredited and should have a valid Autosweep and/or Easytrip RFID accounts.

The TRB said the enrollment process is as follows:

1. Register the RFID account.

For Easytrip RFID account holders (NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX users), visit:
• NLEX Balintawak Customer Service Center
• CAVITEX Parañaque Customer Service Center

For Autosweep RFID account holders (SLEX and MCX users), visit:
• C5 Office
• Petron Commerce
• Petron KM 44 Northbound
• Calamba Customer Service Center
• SLEX Greenfields
• Southwoods Northbound
• Southwoods Southbound
• Sta. Rosa Northbound
• Sta. Rosa Southbound
• Star Toll Lipa Customer Service Center
• Tarlac Customer Service Center

2. Submit and present the requirements such as:
• Original DA accreditation certificate
• Copy of the vehicle’s OR/CR (Official Receipt/Certificate of Registration)
• Valid ID
• Easytrip/Autosweep card

3. Fill up the agricultural trucks toll fee increase exemption form provided by the Customer Service Center personnel.

Submitted documents will be verified within seven working days.

Enrollees will be notified of their enrollment status via their registered email addresses.

Once approved, agri-truckers will enjoy a toll rebate that will be credited to their RFID accounts every Wednesday of the following week, the TRB said.

Spot checks will be carried out to ensure enrolled trucks are transporting agricultural goods and products.

Non-compliance may result in disqualification from the program. (PR/PNA)