The Manila–Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) R-1 segment has deferred the effectivity of the increased toll rate to May 22, instead of May 12, to give Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators more time to register in the toll reprieve program.
Cavitex Infrastructure (CIC) and its joint venture partner, Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), issued the announcement Wednesday, May 18.
The toll operator deferred the rate hike to allow more PUV drivers and operators to avail of toll rebates and continue enjoying the old toll rates of P25 for Class 1 and P50 for Class 2.
All drivers and operators of the 1,420 public utility vehicles that ply through CAVITEX are targeted to be included in the program.
The toll reprieve program is system driven via the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
All PUVs operators and drivers have to do is enroll their account to the program in coordination with their different transport organizations.
The program will run for 90 days starting on Day 1, May 22, of the implementation of the new toll rates.
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) thanked CIC and PRA for supporting the mass transport groups.
The new rates are inclusive of the 2011 and 2014 periodic toll petitions, and add-on toll petition for enhancement works done in the expressway, which includes bridge lane widening works.
Hence, starting May 22, motorists plying the CAVITEX R-1 segment (Cavitex Longos Bacoor to MIA Exit v.v.) will be charged Value Added Tax (VAT)-Inclusive amounts of P33.00 for Class 1 vehicles; P67.00 for Class 2, and P100.00 for Class 3.
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The article was originally published in Manila Bulletin and written by Emmie V. Abadilla.