LTO still faces challenges in addressing license plate backlogs

Maris Federez   •   November 1, 2021   •   168


MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office is hoping that Congress will approve their request for an additional Php2.5 billion to finance the production of 18 million motorcycle plates by June 2022.

Addressing the backlog on motorcycle license plates remains a challenge for the LTO as they have to trace registrations that had been filed as far back as 2017 or earlier.

LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante said they will have to outsource the manufacturing of 10 million license plates, particularly for motorcycles registered in 2017 and earlier.

“Yung 2017 pababa hinihingi namin yung pondo para ito ay ipagawa na ito sa labas kasi yung capacity ng plate making plant natin hindi kakayanin yung mga kulang kulang 10 million na plaka na magawa ito ng mabilisan. Kaya ipapagawa namin ito sa labas assuming na makuha namin ang pondo,” Galvante said.

On the other hand, Galvante doesn’t see any problem in the manufacture and release of license plates for motorcycles registered from 2018 onwards.

“Simula 2018 practically kumpleto na kaya ito ay ipinamahagi na sa mga regions for issuance, 2019 nagpapatuloy ang production natin, 2019, 2020, 2021,” the LTO chief said.

Meanwhile, motorcycle rider group- Kapatiran sa Dalawang Gulong (Kagulong) made an appeal to the government to give consideration to those who have no license plates yet as a result of the said backlog.

“Hangga’t walang hassle sa pagpapa-renew ng rehistro, walang hulihan sa kalsada, naiintindihan at nauunawaan natin yan,” said Don Pangan, Kagulong secretary-general. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

LTO to implement mandatory scheduled medical check-ups for driver’s license holders

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to implement the mandatory scheduled medical check-up for driver’s license holders.

“Ang ini-adopt naming measure, kung ang mabibigyan ng 5-year licenses, they have to submit themselves for medical checkup on the 3rd year of license. For 10 years naman on 3rd, 5th, 7th year kailangan silang magpa medical checkup,” LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante said.

This is aside from the usual medical clearance that must be submitted as a requirement for license renewal.

In an interview with the program, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, the LTO chief said this will ensure that drivers are in the best of health.

“You are given so many days at kapag hindi nagregister sa LTO system na ikaw ay nagkaroon ng checkup, mapapadalhan ka ng message reminding you. Kung hindi mo sinusunod yun, ma-alarm ang lisensya mo na maaring suspindido ang pribilihiyo mo hanggat hindi mo nagagawa iyon,” Galvante said.

The LTO chief said the policy is in accordance with Republic Act Number 10930 or “An Act Rationalizing and Strengthening the Policy Regarding Driver’s License by Extending the Validity Period of Drivers’ Licenses, And Penalizing Acts in Violation of its Issuance and Application Amending for those Purposes Section 23 of Republic Act No. 4136, as amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 398 and Executive Order No. 1011, otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.”

Check-ups will be done only by LTO-accredited doctors and clinics.

These doctors and clinics will be linked to the LTO portal for immediate reporting and recording of the result of the check-up.

Although this may seem as additional expenditure on the part of the motorists, Galvante insisted that it is a necessary expense as it will ensure the health and safety of drivers and passengers.

“I think it’s a necessary expense […] It’s a way of checking yourself whether fit ka,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines said their group was among those consulted by the LTO regarding the new policy.

“Kailangan talaga yan kasi marami tayo dumaan lang sa fixer, hindi kumuha ng tamang exam. So ngayon, mas maganda yan ma-filter na,” said Atoy Sta. Cruz, the group’s president.

Last November 3, the LTO-NCR rolled out the issuance of licenses with 10-year validity.

The agency targets to implement the new policy nationwide before the year ends. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

LTO reiterates driver’s education still a requirement for driver’s license

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has reiterated that the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) is still a requirement for the renewal of driver’s license.

Nevertheless, in an interview with  “Get it Straight with Daniel Razon”, LTO chief Asec. Edgar Galvante  said that the agency would welcome a law repealing the said requirement.

“Kumbaga ang Kongreso, both Houses, magpasa ng batas kung ma-repeal ang requirement, tatalima naman ang LTO ang LTO inie-emphasize lang dito sa pagkakaintindi ko ng provision ng batas kailangang iimplement ito,” he said.

Galvante said a CDE does not cost anything. Drivers need only to review and take the exam on the LTO portal. Afterwards they can print their certificate which will be presented at LTO offices for driver’s license renewal. The process will not take a day, he added.

“Actually kung tutuusin hindi naman aabutin ng one day, siguro kung talagang ma-mamanage. Mahaba na ang 30 minutes nagkakaroon lang pagtatagal kasi dadagsain, ” he said.

The LTO, meanwhile, clarified that drivers who incurred violations during the 5-year-validity of their license, are not qualified to renew for a 10-year driver’s license. AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) 

LTO to issue driver’s license with 10-year validity starting Oct. 28

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will begin the rollout of driver’s licenses with 10-year validity starting October 28.

The extended validity is a provision of Republic Act No. 10930 which states that, “Any holder of a professional or nonprofessional driver’s license who has not committed any violation of Republic Act No. 4136 and other traffic laws, rules and regulations during the five-year period shall be entitled to a renewal of such license for ten (10) years, subject to the restrictions as may be imposed by the LTO.”

The agency’s Central Office Licensing Section and the Quezon City Licensing Section will initiate the implementation of the said policy, to be followed by other offices in the National Capital Region on November 3, 2021.

The LTO clarified that drivers with traffic violations will have to settle for the 5-year validity period.

Drivers who wish to renew their license would need to undergo the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) to receive their CDE certificate. AAC


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