UPDATE: This ruling has been revoked already by the management of the NLEX/SCTEX expressways. I also received a tweet that there's a ruling on this by the Toll Regulatory Board, although I've yet to see a copy of that. If you have one, please share.
I received a call yesterday from a friend asking me if I know about the new memo from the Manila North Tollways Corporation on vehicles with bikes mounted on the roof. I thought this issue was put to rest a few years ago with the help of C! Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, James Deakin. Apparently, it's back.
For those of you who are still in the dark, here's the announcement that was posted in the Travel on GREAT ROADS! (NLEX and SCTEX) Facebook page:
While I completely agree that toll fees should be based on their impact to the road, basing it plainly on vehicle height is just stupid. If it's true that vehicles with mounted bikes have higher impact to the road, then shouldn't the charging be the same for those with bikes mounted at the back and even those with bikes inside their cars?
Northerners, we want to visit your place, experience the rides there, get in touch with the locals, and maybe go back again. In our little ways, we can help in building an eco-friendly tourism industry in your area and bring in some much-needed income, but advisories such as the one posted above will significantly hinder this. We need your help to make this right.