NLEX toll hike starts March 20

Aika Rey
NLEX Corporation will be charging an additional P10 for the open system and P0.18 per kilometer for the closed system

NEW RATES. There will be higher rates for motorists passing through the North Luzon Expressway starting March 20, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – After years of delay, a toll hike will be implemented at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) starting March 20.

On Wednesday, March 6, tollway operator NLEX Corporation announced that the Toll Regulatory Board has approved its petition.

This means that NLEX Corporation will be charging an additional P10 for the open system and P0.18 per kilometer for the closed system. The NLEX stretches 84 kilometers from Balintawak, Quezon City, to Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Below are the additional rates:

  • Open system from Quezon City to Marilao, Bulacan sections
    • Class 1 (ordinary cars): P10
    • Class 2 (buses and small trucks): P23
    • Class 3 (large trucks and trailers): P29
  • End-to-end from Quezon City to Mabalacat, Pampanga sections
    • Class 1: P22
    • Class 2: P56
    • Class 3: P67

Image from NLEX Corporation

The recently inaugurated NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is now included in the open system, as well as Segment 9 once completed.

NLEX Corporation said it “had not enjoyed” the periodic toll increases covered by the concession agreement with the government since 2012.

The tollway operator said that the P10 adjustment includes the additional rate of P6 following the completion of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, while the P4 came from the first tranche of approved periodic adjustments which should have been implemented in 2013 and 2015.

In 2016, NLEX Corporation filed an arbitration case against the government due to foregone revenues amounting to P7.5 billion, as of June 2017, from failure to increase rates. In 2018, the tollway operator said it was willing to drop the case.

The delay also stemmed from a 2010 Supreme Court decision specifying that toll adjustments must be “just and reasonable.”

NLEX Corporation, formerly the Manila North Tollways Corporation, is the builder and concessionaire of the NLEX. It also operates the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.

NLEX Corporation is a unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, which in turn is a subsidiary of conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation– Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.