In order to advance the course of road usage in the country, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) would in August this year launch the first ever electronic payment system tagged the Swiffpass and e-tag at Lekki expressway.
The Chief Executive Officer, Lekki Concession Company, Mr. Opuiyo Oforiokuma who disclosed this in Lagos said the move was part of the company’s contributions to the pubic private partnership (PPP) scheme in the state.
Oforiokuma stated that the company has employed a new and holistic approach to road infrastructure development and management in contrast to what is obtainable in the country in recent times.
He said the Swiftpass and e-tag which would be designed for convenience are preloaded with cash, adding that the e-tag are affixed to the inner side of vehicle windscreens and may be damaged or deactivated if not properly handled.
The Swiftpass, he said, was a more convenient and cheaper option of payment than the cash, explaining that the key advantages of the e-tag include receiving the highest price incentives in the form of lowest toll tariff, the usage of dedicated express lanes, provides the fastest and most convenient access through the toll plazas. It also allows easy passage as it is secured to vehicle windscreen and has no expiring date.
While noting that road users with the Swiffpass have the advantage of convenient access through toll plazas, absence of expiring period and transferable from one vehicle to another, Oforiokuma stated that the e-tag was provided with either a Swiffpass plus card or a Swiffpass commercial card for the purpose of managing the e-tag account.
He said “after every successful passage through one of the toll plazas, the balance of funds credited to the particular payment device used is debited with the corresponding toll charge at the time of passage”.
Oforiokuma explained that a situation where customers register for an LCC customer account, thereby subscribing for an enhanced level of service, LCC would notify account holders through SMS or e-mail when the balance on their accounts are low, to enable them top-up accounts with funds in good time before their next trip”.
To get the services, the LCC boss said the e-tag can be collected at authorised LCC sales outlets, activated through funding, adding that upon a confirmatory short message services (SMS) on activation, or e-mail from LCC, the customer would be alerted on its usage and as a vehicle drives though, the radio frequency identification (RFID) reader’s signal locks onto the e-tag device and the barriers opens to allow passage upon sufficient fund on users account.
He added that customers account can be collected at the LCC’s customer service centre in Lekki, First Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Zenith Bank, Diamond Bank, Stanbic IBTC, and Fidelity Bank through the automated teller machine (ATM) and LCC’s website.
“Road users without the e-tag and Swiftpass will make their passage through cash payment and vehicles will be classified into class M, for motorcycles, class 1 for cars, class 11 and 11A for sport utility vehicles, class 111, for light trucks and two axles buses, and class IV and IVA, for heavy trucks and buses with two or more axles”, he said.