• Tollway operators intensify road safety campaign

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    Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO), the Manila Toll Expressway Systems Inc. (MATES) and Star Tollway Corporation (STC), operators of the Skyway System, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Star Tollway in Batangas, are intensifying their campaign against unsafe and non-roadworthy vehicles.

    Road safety checkpoints are being set up at the approaches of the select entry points of the Skyway System between Makati and Alabang, Muntinlupa (Metro Manila), of SLEX between Alabang and Calamba, Laguna, and of Star Tollway between Santo Tomas and Batangas City, both in Batangas.

    Teams of mechanics and traffic enforcers will perform random inspections on vehicles that present road safety risks, such as unsafe loading, busted lights and worn out tires, among others. Vehicles that fail the safety checklist will not be allowed to enter the toll road, or will be asked to go out at the nearest exit.

    Statistics show that vehicles with faulty mechanical devices and unsafe driving practices contribute to both minor and major road incidents. This campaign is part of the continuing effort of Southern Tollways operators to significantly reduce road incidents and situations that cause delay and inconvenience to and even hurt other motorists.

    To ensure a trouble-free and safe travel, motorists are reminded to keep their vehicles roadworthy, to strictly observe tollway traffic rules especially the speed limit rule. For assistance, motorists may call the Southern Tollways Hotline at 318-8655; the Skyway System hotline at 776-7777; SLEX hotline at 0917-OUR-SLEX (687-7539) and (049) 508-7539; and STAR emergency numbers at 0917-511-7827 and (043) 756-7870.

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