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Toll fee cut for SLEX mulled due to traffic jams

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 10/9/2019 Galarpe, Karen
a street filled with lots of traffic: Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along SLEX Manila-bound on Friday, September 27, 2019 due to the closure of the outer lane in Alabang caused by the ongoing Skyway Extension Project. Danny Pata Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along SLEX Manila-bound on Friday, September 27, 2019 due to the closure of the outer lane in Alabang caused by the ongoing Skyway Extension Project. Danny Pata

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has started studying the possible effects of the proposed toll fee reduction for the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in light of the traffic jams recently, its spokesperson said Wednesday.

Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV aired on GMA News TV, TRB spokesperson Julius Corpuz said the proposed cut is being considered by the board.

However, he noted that the decision should be made fairly for both motorists and investors.

“Alam na ng ating pamunuan 'yan at kanilang pinag-aaralan ang magiging impact nitong possible toll fee reduction na panukula po ni Senator Poe at Senator Gatchalian,” Corpuz said.

Earlier, Senator Grace Poe and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian both recommended reducing the toll rates for SLEX in light of the slow traffic on the expressway.

According to Poe, the toll rate cut would show government's and the tollway management's empathy toward motorists. 

Meanwhile, Gatchalian said the toll fee reduction should be given to provide relief to motorists, since, he said, the traffic problem is a result of lack of planning by the companies and government agencies involved. 

Corpuz said the TRB is willing to impose sanction, adding, “kung mapapatunayan na sa kapabayaan ng kanilang contractor lumala ang traffic.”

Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Inc. is the operator of SLEX. —Joviland Rita/KG, GMA News

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