AN 11-hour ride to Baguio City so riled Senate President Franklin Drilon that he now wants an inquiry into the capability of tollway operators to maintain the smooth flow of vehicular traffic in their respective areas.
Drilon said it took him more than 11 hours to travel from Manila to Baguio City last week and he blamed the delay on the queues of vehicles near toll booths.
“It is the first time that it took me this long to travel to Baguio, and this despite the existence of three major tollway systems,” Drilon said in a radio interview aired over dzBB.
The Senate President was referring to the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway), SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) and the TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway) that supposedly would allow motorists to travel faster.
Drilon sees the failure of tollway operators to come up with an efficient way to collect tolls from motorists as the reason behind the long lines of vehicles. He said the Senate should look into the inefficiencies of toll road operators, and find out if operators have some plans on how to avoid traffic jams caused by slow toll collection.
The Senate chief said he wants to know if it is possible for toll operators to come up with a one-time toll payment in order to prevent delays.
At present, motorists who use the three tollways will have to pass thru three different toll boots (NLEX, SCTEX and TPLEX). Class 1 vehicles will have to shell out a total of P654 from Balintawak to Carmen exit in Rosales, Pangasinan.