THE Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on Saturday assured motorists that there will be no increase in toll rates early next year.
TRB spokesperson Julius Corpuz said toll rates for the expressways will not go up on the first week of January.
He said the three petitions seeking an increase in toll rates in the North Luzon Expressway
(NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) are still being deliberated upon by the regulatory board.
“Our motorists may face the New Year without any increase on toll rates,” Corpuz said in a radio interview.
Based on the petitions, a 15-percent increase in toll rates is being asked for NLEX, 55 percent for SCTEX, and 25 percent to 30 percent toll adjustment for CAVITEX.
Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp., operator of NLEX, SCTEX, and Cavitex, asked the TRB to implement a rate adjustment in January 2016.
The company agreed with the TRB to discuss its petitions in January next year, but it is also not ruling out arbitration if discussions fall through.
The Metro Pacific group operates about 267 kilometers in toll roads in the country.