No registration, no travel starting April

Mar. 25, 2015

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will strictly enforce the “No Registration-No Travel Policy” for motor vehicles (MVs) on April 1. The policy will prohibit the travel of motor vehicles who are not registered or should be at least in the 7-day registration period.

“It has always been prohibited by law to use motor vehicles which have not been registered with the LTO. The only exception is the first seven (7) days, during which registration should be processed by the vehicle owner,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

“We held back from implementing this rule before, because the lack of license plates was our responsibility. But now that we have been able to issue new license plates within 7 days from start of registration, we have no more reason not to implement the law,” he added.

Under the No Registration-No Travel policy, any four (4)-wheeled motor vehicle running without a license plate may be flagged by a traffic enforcer because all MVs are required to have valid license plates.Violators will be penalized under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 and pay a P 10,000.00 fine for driving an unregistered vehicle, which is assessed against the vehicle owner, and a P 1,000.00 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 P 5,000.00 for failure to attach plates.

DOTC said for MVs that are within the 7-day registration process, the driver must present the Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR), Sales Invoice dated within seven (7) days prior to the apprehension, and a Certificate of Insurance Cover dated on or after the date of Sales Invoice. If such documents are presented, no penalties will be meted out.

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