Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

SLEx toll fees to increase up to 400%, operator says

Motorists would pay up to P85 for driving through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) once the South Luzon Tollway Corp.’s (SLTC) request for an increase in toll fees is approved.

Speaking at the Balitaan sa Tinapayan news forum in Sampaloc, Manila on Sunday, Alma Tuazon, SLTC spokesperson, said that her company has a pending petition before the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to raise the SLEx toll rates.

“Once approved by TRB, there may be a 300-percent increase of toll fee for the motorists passing [through] the SLEx," Tuazon said.

The present toll fee from Alabang to Calamba is P22 for cars. Once the SLTC’s petition is approved, the toll fee will increase from P70 to P85.

The SLEx toll rate is 75 centavos per kilometer, according to the office of Senator Ramon “Bong" Revilla Jr. – a staunch opponent of the toll rate increase – with buses paying P43 and trucks, P65 from Alabang to Calamba.

The cost of the SLEx rehabilitation has amounted to P11 billion since the project started in 2006, Tuazon said, explaining why the SLTC has filed for the authority to increase its toll rates.

Rehabilitation of the South Luzon Tollway segment started in 2006 under the SLEx Upgrading and Rehabilitation Project to expand the Alabang Viaduct as well as the road from Alabang to Calamba, eventually connecting the expressway to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road to Batangas.

SLEx would be the Philippine's longest expressway once its 118-kilometer rehabilitation and extension to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road is complete.

If motorists feel that the proposed increase is too high or excessive, they can file a petition with the TRB, TRB spokesman Julius Corpus said.

He said the SLTC will also hold dialog with operators of provincial buses plying the SLEx. —VS. GMANews.TV

Reposted From GMA News.TV

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