Skyway 3 to start collecting toll starting July 12

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) — After nearly seven months of free use of Skyway 3, motorists will be charged toll fees starting July 12.

In a statement on Tuesday, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said the rates would be lower than those originally proposed, "particularly for motorists traveling shorter distances."

"This, following the issuance of a Toll Operating Permit and a Notice to Start Collecting Toll by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on Skyway Stage 3. The company, through its SMC Infrastructure, will post the final approved toll rates at the toll plazas prior to the start of toll collection," SMC added.

"We know from experience that times are hard for many, and even a little relief for motorists can go a long way. These toll rates reflect our deferral of the collection of a substantial amount of the cost to build Skyway 3. We also further lowered the rates for those traveling shorter distances," SMC president Ramon S. Ang said.

READ: TRB OKs provisional rates for Skyway Stage 3 

SMC added that the government can also start generating income from the expressway with the start of the toll collection, as a 12% VAT will be imposed on all toll fees.