Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, utilizes electromagnetic fields to identify and track tags attached to a variety of objects. RFID is used in a lot of systems, such as events, concerts, possessions, and more. In 2015, RFID tollway tags began replacing the obsolete ePass system as an electronic collection system in Luzon. Did you know that the tollways in Luzon use two different electronic collection systems? We have Easytrip and Autosweep. Read about them here!
Easytrip is an electronic tollway collection system provided by the Metro Pacific Tollway company. The Easytrip RFID is for vehicles traversing the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX). An Easytrip tag is fixed to the windshield of a vehicle, allowing users to drive through cash-free into designated (or mixed) Easytrip toll lanes. The lanes’ sensor will then read the Easytrip tag, automatically debiting the toll fee from your account.
Easytrip offers three kinds of RFID products, namely a tag, an RFID sticker, and an EasyDrive RFID sticker tag. The Easytrip tag and RFID sticker can be used in NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX, while the EasyDrive sticker can only be used traversing through CAVITEX. To subscribe for an Easytrip RFID, here are the steps to follow:
- Register for an RFID subscription through Easytrip’s website
- Print out and present the reference number at Easytrip RFID installation sites located at NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX (for a complete list, click here.)
- Pay the initial load required
- Customers must bring their vehicle at Easytrip/EasyDrive installation sites 24 hours after sending their online subscription.
An Easytrip RFID sticker requires PHP 500 as an initial load, while the Easytrip RFID tag requires a payment of PHP 2,000 (inclusive of the PHP 300 initial load). On the other hand, EasyDrive requires a subscription fee of PHP 400 (inclusive of the PHP 200 initial load). Checking your current Easytrip balance can be done through Easytrip’s website or their Android app. To reload your Easytrip, visit reloading stations at NLEX Toll Plaza, CAVITEX, Easytrip head office, Petron gasoline stations, Shell gasoline stations, SM business centers, and more. For a complete list, see here.
As for those traveling via Skyway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), and Apolinario Mabini Superhighway, there’s the Autosweep system. Similar to Easytrip, Autosweep is an electronic tollway collection system that utilizes RFID for users to pass through the mentioned expressways smoothly and cash-free. Autosweep uses a sticker placed on the windshield of a vehicle. The toll fee is automatically debited from the driver’s account once they pass through Autosweep RFID lanes, similar to how Easytrip works.
To get an Autosweep RFID, here are the steps:
- Download the Autosweep subscription form from the website
- Print out the accomplished form and present it at any of the Autosweep registration stations along with a valid ID
- Pay the initial load
- Wait for Autosweep to be activated after 2 to 12 hours
Autosweep registration stations are at the Skyway office, Ayala Greenfield toll plaza, Sta. Rosa Southbound toll plaza, Petron SLEX, TPLEX main office, and more. For a full list, see this page. Autosweep requires PHP 500 for Class 1 vehicles and PHP 1,000 for Class 2 and 3 vehicles. To check your balance, visit Autosweep’s website. Users can also check their balance through SMS through the following steps:
- Text AUTOSWEEP<space>BALINQ<space>Plate Number
- Send through 09178608655 for Globe or 09188608655 for Smart
Reloading Autosweep can be done via Petron stations, Shell stations, Bayad Center, SM Bills Payment Centers, and a whole lot more. For a complete list, click here.
Overall, here’s a summary of the two services:
|NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX||SLEX, NAIAX, Apolinario Mabini Superhighway|
|PHP 500 (RFID sticker initial load)|
PHP 2,000 (RFID tag, inclusive of PHP 300 initial load)
PHP 400 (EasyDrive sticker, inclusive of PHP 200 initial load)
|PHP500 (Class 1 vehicles)
PHP 1,000 (Class 2 and 3)
|Balance can be checked via website or Android app||Balance can be checked via website or SMS|
Although the Department of Transportation (DoTR) has initiated the Toll Interoperational Project in 2017, the project is still on its first phase. It’s still recommended to have both Easytrip and Autosweep if you frequently use the mentioned expressways.
For more information on Easytrip and Autosweep, visit their respective websites:
Do you use both RFID tags, or do you prefer to queue and pay by cash in tollways? Let us know!