LTO to apprehend cars with commemorative plates

Feb. 17, 2014


Davao Today

DAVAO CITY – The Land Transportation Office Region 11 ordered its enforcers to apprehend vehicles that are still using commemorative license plate (CLP) which was deemed “invalid” since last year in July.

Commemorative plates bearing agencies such as the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group became a trend among motorists, but where expired since January of last year.

The LTO national office had already declared commemorative plates are invalid last July 2013.

But according to LTO-11 Assistant Regional Director Macario Gonzaga, they still see some motorists using these commemorative plates.

“They claimed they paid for their (commemorative) plates, and therefore should allow them to use is,” Gonzaga said during the weekly Kapehan sa SM Davao press conference.

Gonzaga offered a compromise to owners of CLPs who still want to use the plates.

“These car owners could still use their commemorative plates, but not on the front covering their legal plates” Gonzaga said, “they could put it on another area of their choice.”

But the transport official warned that violators would face a penalty of P2,000 for using expired plate and illegal use or transfer of plate.

Meanwhile, the LTO started its renewal of license and other documents.  Gonzaga said this year the LTO guaranteed the process will be faster than the past.

“We have a new manufacturer of car plates, and it could make 25,000 of plates per day,” he said.

Tenewal fees are still at the same amount of P450 with the processing time of 45 days before the license plate will be released.

The renewal process started last February 1, 2014. (Earl O. Condeza/

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