Motorists, Brace Yourselves for Higher NLEX Toll Fees

The rates will be increased on a staggered basis.

(SPOT.ph) The North Luzon Expressway has proven itself to be the most efficient roadway for all trips heading north from Metro Manila. March saw the opening of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link's Segment 10 and the groundbreaking of the NLEX-SLEX Connector road, projects deemed to benefit motorists by providing faster routes while decongesting EDSA. However, the tollway's rates are set to increase starting March 20, with further hikes to be expected in the coming years.

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The increase will depend on vehicle type. According to a report by Inquirer, motorists can expect to pay an additional 22% on the flat rates charged at the Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, Karuhatan, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Meycauayan, and Marilao exits. Motorists driving ordinary cars or Class 1 vehicles will now pay P55 from P45; buses and small trucks or Class 2 vehicles will be charged P137 from P114; while large trucks and trailers or Class 3 vehicles will be charged P165 from P136.

The end-to-end toll rate from Balintawak or Mindanao Avenue to Santa Ines in Mabalacat City will go up to P258 from P236 for Class 1 vehicles; P646 from P590 for Class 2 vehicles; and P775 from P708 for Class 3 vehicles.

The 97-kilometer expressway runs from Quezon City in Metro Manila to Mabalacat City in Pampanga. The toll rate increase was approved by the Toll Regulatory Board following long-running petitions and talks dating back to 2012.

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