Moratorium on no plate, no travel policy urged

Apr. 21, 2015

DAVAO CITY – A senate official wants to impose a 30-day moratorium on the implementation of the No Plate, No Travel policy of the Land Transportation Office in order to settle the backlogs in producing license plates for vehicle owners. Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano also threatened to block the LTO budget for next year.

Penalties for a violation of the policy include a P10,000 fine for driving an unregistered vehicle, which is assessed against the vehicle owner, and a P1,000 fine assessed against the driver. If the driver is able to present a Certificate of Registration (CR) and an Official Receipt (OR) of the vehicle to prove that it has been registered, the driver will be fined only P5,000 for failure to attach plates.

“Threatening vehicle owners with stiff penalties for a problem LTO created is grossly unfair and must stop. At the same time, a moratorium will allow the LTO enough time to set its house in order by fully servicing backlogs of vehicle owners and car dealers,” Cayetano said in a statement.

“We remind the LTO that it collected more than 17.16 billion pesos in 2013, and 11 billion pesos collected from Road User’s Tax,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano filed Senate Resolution Number 1288 to investigate the issues on delayed plates and driver’s licenses and pointed to the continued embarrassing inefficiency of the LTO.

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