Bernadette Herrera

Tollway bill okay pushed to end expressway traffic jams

March 31, 2024 People's Journal 441 views

AS tollways faced traffic jams akin to “carmageddon” during Holy Week, House Deputy Minority Leader Bagong Henerasyon Representative Bernadette Herrera renewed her call for the swift approval of her bill aimed at tackling the issue head-on.

House Bill 8161, which she filed in May last year, aims to classify non-payment of toll fees as a traffic violation and requires automated cashless toll collection to improve road safety and ease congestion on tollways, particularly during peak holiday seasons.

“The time for action is now. We cannot afford to delay the approval of this bill any longer, especially considering the urgent need to improve traffic flow and ensure the safety of motorists,” Herrera said.

Herrera’s bill introduces innovative tolling systems like the Open Road Tolling and the Multi-Lane Fast Flow (MLFF), streamlining collection without requiring vehicles to stop at toll booths, provided they have a working Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tag and sufficient funds.

These systems promise reduced travel time, improved traffic flow, and environmental benefits, with Herrera citing successful implementations in other Asian countries, such as Taiwan’s MLFF system.

The party-list lawmaker is currently in Taiwan studying