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NLEX is prepared for a surge in traffic during the holiday season.

NLEX Corp., the operator of the tollways, is prepared for the anticipated rise in traffic during the holiday season.

As part of their “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” motorist assistance program, NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi Bautista announced on Monday that they will step up their operations along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) from December 23, 2022, to January 3, 2023.

To help drivers and maintain smooth traffic flow, more than 1,000 patrol crews, traffic marshals, security teams, and toll lane personnel will be deployed, according to Bautista.

He also stated that crisis response teams and emergency medical services would be placed in key locations.

Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Valenzuela (Paso de Blas), Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Sta. Rita, Pulilan, San Simon, San Fernando, Clark South, Tarlac, Tipo, and Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) will be closely watched by traffic management teams because a high volume of traffic is expected there.

Construction and lane closures on the NLEX-SCTEX mainline road will also be suspended, with the exception of repairs to the Candaba Viaduct, unless critical safety repairs are required.

Free towing to the closest exit will be offered to people traveling in Class 1 or light vehicles from 6 a.m. on December 23 to 6 a.m. on December 26 and from 6 a.m. on January 1 to 6 a.m. on January 3, 2023.

For quicker and safer transactions, Bautista urged drivers to adopt radio frequency identification (RFID).

“More drivers are anticipated to travel throughout this holiday season as more people are anticipated to congregate and celebrate. We want to encourage people to travel off-peak hours and to use RFID for quicker toll plaza transactions,” he added in a statement.

He also urged drivers who used cash to switch to RFID in order to avoid standing in line at the cash lanes.

Those without RFID can pay for the initial load and have the sticker installed for free, he said.

Additionally, Bautista recommended current RFID users verify their load and advised individuals who were concerned to have their stickers examined at the closest Easytrip station.

In order to prevent any unfortunate accidents, he continued, “The NLEX management is also asking drivers to examine their vehicles before traveling and to make sure they are fit to drive.

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