Class 2 Public utility buses and closed van delivery trucks will again be allowed to use the elevated Skyway system beginning April 1, 2022. San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and subsidiary Skyway O&M Corporation announced the change on Monday, March 21, 2022.
The Skyway system, including Stages 1, 2, 3, the NAIA Expressway, and the Skyway Extension, has been closed to Class 2 vehicles for over two years, right before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the country and the rest of the world.
SMC closed the Skyway system to Class 2 vehicles mainly due to the then-ongoing construction of the Skyway Stage 3 and Skyway Extension. Now that major construction operations have been completed, SMC has decided to reopen its tollways to heavier vehicles.
Of course, the return of passenger buses and closed van delivery trucks will likely impact traffic along the elevated expressways, so SMC has devised a set of new rules to help ease congestion.
First, all Class 2 vehicles must have Autosweep RFIDs installed. These RFIDs must have the requisite balance for their journey or face possible delays and inconveniences. Additionally, there will be a 60 km/h speed limit for Class 2 vehicles traveling on the Skyway system. Modified four and six-wheeler closed delivery fans will not gain entry.
On top of that, the following locations will have dedicated lanes for Class 2 vehicles to avoid congestion at toll plazas:
- Quezon Avenue Northbound (NB) and Southbound (SB)
- Main Plaza Sucat Area
- Quirino NB/SB Exit
- Sucat Exit (Dr. A Santos)
- Bicutan Exit (Doña Soledad)
- Buendia NB/SB
- G. Araneta NB Entry
- G. Araneta NB/SB Exit (Del Monte NB/SB)
- Nagtahan NB/SB