TRB approves new toll rates for South Luzon Expressway

June 16, 2010 7:59 pm 

MANILA, June 16 — The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on Wednesday approved the new toll rates in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) starting June 30.

Julius Corpuz, spokesperson of Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), said the regulator approved the matrix of new toll rates last June 11.

Corpuz said the board approval came after finding that South Luzon Tollway Corp. (SLTC) has complied with their obligations and the TRB conditions, granted the right of the investors to collect the new toll fees thru their designated operator Manila Toll Expressway Systems Inc. (MATES).

Corpuz, however, said that the SLTC has published the new toll rates 15 days before they take effect. SLTC is a unit of MTD CapitalBhd.

The new toll rates are: 2.73/km for Class 1, 5.46/km. for Class 2 and 8.19/km for Class 3, up from the old rates of .75/km. for Class 1, 1.51/km for Class 2 and 2.27/km for Class 3 vehicles.

From Alabang to Calamba, the new toll fees are: P77.00 for Class 1, P155.00 for Class 2 and P232.00 for Class 3. The old toll fees are P22.00, P43.00, and P65 for Class 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Corpuz said the new toll fees are provisional in nature.

"Any interested expressway user may file a petition for review of the new toll fees within 90 days from the date of publication. Thereafter, the TRB shall conduct a public hearing to discuss the issues raised by the petitioners and to determine if the new toll fees are indeed justifiable," he added.

Alma Tuason, spokesperson of SLTC, said the new toll fees are competitive, compared with existing toll fees in the country and in Asia.

"They are just appropriate for the newly reconstructed and widened SLEX. The old toll fees were the lowest in the country and were charged for the old and worn out SLEX for years," she said.

Isaac David, president of SLTC said the increase in toll fees are expected to reduce volume of traffic in SLEX, but, in the long run, the volume will go back to normal.

He added that motorists will realize the importance of SLEX.

The Philippine National Construction Corp. handed over the SLEX operations and maintenance of the toll road 1 and 2 last May 2.

SLTC widened the 1.2-kilometer Alabang viaduct and the 27-kilometer stretch of the SLEX from Alabang to Calamba. The former 29-kilometer four-lane expressway, which starts at the approach to the Alabang viaduct in Muntinlupa City and ends at Barangay Turbina in Calamba, has been widened to eight lanes from the viaduct to Santa Rosa, Laguna, and to six lanes from Santa Rosa to Barangay Turbina.

The company also extended SLEX by another eight kilometers from Barangay Turbina to Santo Tomas, Batangas, thus linking the highway to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, the main thoroughfare leading to the international seaport of Batangas. (PNA)

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