Easytrip or Autosweep: Which RFID Is Better?

WHAT IS RFID? It means radio frequency identification, denoting technologies that use radio waves to identify people or objects carrying encoded microchips.

Easytrip and Autosweep RFIDs are available for cashless payment of the toll fees when you use the expressways in Northern and Southern Luzon. The payment of toll in the expressways are moving towards phasing out the cash payment options to make passing through these highways more seamless and faster.

Easytrip

Easytrip RFID
Easytrip RFID installed on the headlight

The Easytrip RFID can be used at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), and the soon-to-be-completed Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAX). This sticker contains a microchip which is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield or headlight. Once the RFID is installed and activated, all NLEX and SCTEX RFID users will be able to traverse other Metro Pacific Tollways-owned expressways like CAVITEX and CALAX and vice-versa.

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As announced by the NLEX Corporation, the Easytrip tags will be phased out by September 30, 2020. It should be replaced by the RFID to allow the motorist to still use the expressway. NLEX assures current tag users that remaining account balance will be carried over to the new RFID system.

Easytrip or Autosweep: Which RFID Is Better? 1
Easytrip phase out notice from NLEX Corp.

Where to get your Easytrip RFID sticker?

  1. Get your stick it yourself RFID for just P500 from Lazada or Shopee.
  2. Get it from designated loading and installation booths along NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, CALAX, and more. For more information please check this link.

Can you use your Easytrip RFID in Skyway, SLEX, etc.?

As of writing this article, the answer is NO. The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) is trying to fast-track the implementation of the toll collection interoperability project phases 2 and 3 for seamless travel between Luzon’s expressways. However, there is no definite timeline yet on when Phases 2 and 3 will rollout.

For Phase 2 of the toll interoperability program, Easystrip RFID tags issued by the Metro Pacific Group for the NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex, C-5 Southlink, and CALAX, shall soon be readable at the Autosweep System or at the Skyway, SLEX, STAR Tollway, TPLEX, NAIAx, and MCX using two separate accounts. While for Phase 3, Easystrip RFID tags shall be readable at the Autosweep System and vice-versa using a single account.

Autosweep

The Autosweep RFID can be used at Skyway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (MCX), and Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

Autosweep RFID
Autosweep RFID [Photo from carguide.ph]

Where to get your Autosweep RFID sticker?

Get your Autosweep RFID from designated loading and installation booths along Skyway, SLEX, NAIAX, STAR Tollway, MCX, TPLEX, and more. For more information please check this link

Can you use your Autosweep RFID in NLEX, SCTEX, etc.?

Yes, but you need to register it first. This is part of the toll collection interoperability project phase 1 where the Autosweep RFID issued for use at the SLEX, STAR Tollway, TPLEX, NAIAx, and MCX will be readable at the Metro Pacific Tollways-owned expressways (Easytrip System) using two accounts.

How to register your Autosweep RFID to the Easytrip System?

  1. Go to the following designated registration sites listed in this link.
  2. Present your Autosweep Card to the Easytrip System Corp. (ESC) Point-Of-Sales (POS).
  3. Let the ESC POS representative check the following:
    • if there is an existing Easytrip/Easydrive tag on the customer’s vehicle
    • if the Autosweep tag is working
    • EPC & TIN numbers of the tag
  4. Fill-out and sign the subscription form, terms, and conditions.
  5. Pay P500.00 for the initial reload of your Easytrip account.
  6. ESC will contact the customer when his/her Easytrip card is available for pickup. In the meantime, the customer may refer to any kit provided by the ESC POS representative for his account number.
  7. Finally, the customer can use the tag at MPTC tollways in 3 working days after registration.
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