South Luzon Expressway (SLEx)

Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has announced that no toll hike will be implemented yet on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), and the proposed 250 percent increase can even be reduced as a result of consultations with various sectors, including the South Luzon Tollway Corp. (SLTC).

TRB spokesperson Julius Corpus said the proposed SLEx toll increase can be lowered if the transport sector can provide substantial grounds that a 250 percent hike would be too burdensome to the general public.

Transport group PISTON earlier threatened to stage a massive transport strike and implement fare hike if the toll fee increase is actualized.

PISTON secretary general George San Mateo welcomed the developments, stressing though that they will keep an eye on the hearings.

SLEx is a major thoroughfare that connects the southern provinces of Luzon to Metro Manila.

Another toll hike, meanwhile, looms in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx), which links the metropolis with Northern Luzon, including the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). Both NLEx and SCTEx were given the green light for toll hikes by the Supreme Court, but the implementation was also stopped by TRB.

“Toll hike in these highways will be subject to a public hearing very soon,” Corpus said.

In a radio interview, Corpus said they are also seeking clarification on the case filed by Albay Governor Joey Salceda to stop the increase. It turned out, he said, the SC decision did not lift the TRO sought by Salceda. (PNA)

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