TRB approves toll rate adjustment at SCTEX

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) has approved the toll rate adjustment for the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and authorized the implementation of an additional P0.78 per kilometer.,In a statement on Saturday, toll road operator NLEX Corp. said the new toll rates will be effective starting 1 June.,NLEX Corp. noted that the toll increase, which followed regulatory procedures and underwent thorough review, confirms the periodic rate adjustments due in 2017.,“To help public utility buses (PUBs) cope with the adjustment, they will be provided toll subsidies and allow them to continue to enjoy the old rates for the next three months,” the company said.,The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is the builder and owner of the four-lane 93.7 kilometer expressway and construction was partly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).,The expressway opened to the public in 2008 and the management, operations and maintenance was privatized and awarded to NLEX Corporation in 2015.,Under the new toll fee matrix, motorists with Class 1 vehicles traveling between Mabalacat City to Tarlac will be charged an additional P31.00.,Motorists with Class 2 vehicles traveling on the same route will pay an additional P61.00 and those with Class 3 vehicles will pay an additional P92.00.,Meanwhile, an additional P49.00, P98.00, and P147.00 will be charged to motorists using Class 1, 2, and 3 vehicles, respectively, traveling between Mabalacat City and Tipo, Hermosa, Bataan (near Subic Freeport),