Vehicle plates affected by TRO to be available in February

UNTV News   •   January 25, 2018   •   4690

MANILA, Philippines – Car owners whose license plates are suspended for release may soon receive said licenses starting this February.

This, after the Supreme Court has lifted the temporary restraining order on the said car plates.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), however, clarified that there are only 300,000 license plates left in their office for release.

“Kukonti lang po ito at lahat ito may naka asssigned dito. Kaya wag po tayo punta sa LTO at magde demand sa LTO kung di tayo tinatawagan ng LTO,” LTO Law Enforcement Service Director Francis Ray A. Almora said.

(There are only a few of these and have already been assigned. So do not go to the LTO and demand from the agency if LTO did not give you call.)

The more than 400,000 plates have already been distributed even before the Supreme Court (SC) issued a TRO.

LTO said car owners just have to wait for their call or text message before going to their office

Owners must bring a copy of their official receipt and certificate of registration and a valid ID.

The LTO adds that the 700,000 plates are just part of the many pending plates that need to be printed.

As of now, the notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit has not been lifted yet

This is the reason why until now, the LTO cannot issue new plates

However, the lifting of the TRO for the 700,000 plates have helped in easing the problem


Asec. Edgar Galvante is positive that the notice of disallowance will be lifted soon and they can start printing new plates.

LTO will be the one to print the plates through the machines supplied by the contractor.

“Kung mali-lift na yung notice of disallowance, eh siguro mas bibilis yung process ng pag manufacture ng plates doon sa naunang kontrata,” Galvante said.

(If the notice of disallowance will be lifted, perhaps the process of manufacturing the plates will be faster compared with the previous contract.)

Danny has been waiting for his car plate for almost 2 years. He is thankful that he can finally get it.

“Mas maganda na magkaroon po ng plaka kasi at least makikita mo na talagang legal yung ano niya (It’s better to have a license plate because at least you know that it’s legal),” driver Danny Capar said.

“If all hindrances will be cleared including the notice of disallowance, the LTO is confident that they can issue a license plate as soon as a new car unit is released to the buyer.” – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

LTO summons doctor to explain behavior in viral road rage video

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has summoned the doctor in a viral road rage video as it sought his explanation over his rude behavior.

In a Facebook post, the LTO said it has issued on Monday a show cause order against the physician, identified as Tomas Joaquin Mendez, to explain why his license should not be suspended or revoked over the incident.

The agency cited Section 27 of the Land Transportation and Traffic code which provides the authority to suspend, and the exclusive power to revoke any driver’s license issued if it has reason to believe that the holder is an improper person to operate motor vehicles, or as an accessory to, the commission of any crime or act which endangers the public.

The agency also directed Mendez in its order to appear at the Intelligence and Investigation Division of the LTO Central Office in Quezon City on Dec. 5.

“He is also to file a Sworn Explanation/Comment and show cause on why he should not be administratively liable under Section 27 of Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code,” the LTO said in a statement.

This came after Mendez was caught in a video circulating online hurling expletives against other drivers in two road traffic altercations.

If Mendez fails to appear and submit his sworn explanation, the LTO said it will be construed as a waiver of his right to be heard in the proceeding.

“He will, however, be informed of the result of the evaluation of his case,” the agency added.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier tagged Mendez’s action as an example of abusive behavior and misconduct in a motorist.

It also reminded drivers to remain calm when involved in similar road incidents to avoid hurting other people.

“Inuulit po namin ang paalala sa mga motorista na maging mahinahon at huwag daanin sa init ng ulo o sa antas ng pamumuhay kung sakaling masangkot sa isang traffic incident,” the DOTr said.

“Hangad natin ay isang lipunan kung saan pantay-pantay tayong susunod sa mga alituntunin at batas trapiko, at iginagalang natin ang karapatan at dignidad ng bawat isa,” it added.

LTO suspends license of driver who dragged Manila traffic law enforcer

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday said it has temporarily suspended the license of the driver who dragged a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer clinging onto his vehicle.

In a statement, the LTO said the license of the driver, identified as Orlando Ricardo Dizon, Jr., is suspended for three months while the vehicle involved has been “tagged for an alarm,” also for 3 months.

The agency said the lifting of this preventive suspension is subject to its approval.

It added that a show-cause order has also been issued to Dizon where he was directed to appear before the agency’s Intelligence and Investigation Division in Quezon City on November 21.

The LTO said it summoned Dizon to explain his alleged involvement in a traffic altercation and hit-and-run incident with MTPB enforcer Adrian Lim on Saturday, Nov. 16

In a CCTV footage, Lim was seen holding onto a swerving gray Mitsubishi Xpander as it sped along the street of Gelinos near Laong-Laan in Sta. Cruz. Lim sustained injuries after he lost his grip and fell from Dizon’s vehicle.

The incident reportedly ensued after Lim flagged down Dizon for a traffic law violation.

Dizon was apprehended by authorities at Oroquieta Street near Tayuman Street following the incident.

The LTO said that the driver’s employer, Digital Network Communications and Computers, Inc. (DNCCI), was also asked to explain why the company should not be penalized or fined for failure to exercise due diligence in hiring and supervising the driver.

The agency further directed Dizon and DNCCI’s Corporate Secretary to file a sworn explanation why the vehicle and Dizon’s driver’s license should not be held liable administratively.

Dizon is currently detained at the Manila Police District Station 3 and will face charges for hit-and-run and serious physical injury.

LTO prepares for “Undas” 2019

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2019

Heavy traffic in Makati City, south of Manila, Philippines. (EPA-EFE/Francis R. Malasig)

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Monday said it is now gearing up to ensure road safety for travelers bound for provinces in the Catholic community’s upcoming observance of “Undas” season.

In a statement, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said all LTO branches and offices have been directed to prepare for the expected influx of motorists for the annual “Undas” on November 1 and 2.

Galvante added this is part of the annual “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas” implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

This year, the initiative will be implemented starting October 22.

“Nais namin sa LTO na siguruhing plantsado na ang lahat bago pa man ilunsad ang ‘Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas’ sa buong bansa sa Martes, ika-22 ng Oktubre 2019. Kaya nga ba, nag-umpisa kami ng mas maaga kaysa sa itinakdang petsa para sa paglulunsad,” he said.

During the Undas season, millions of Filipinos are expected to travel to their respective provinces to take a vacation and spend time with family.

“Nagkataon ding long weekend. Nararapat lamang na tiyakin na makakarating sila sa kanilang patutunguhan ng ligtas, komportable at walang aberya sa lansangan,” Galvante said.

The LTO chief said that in line with its preparation for Undas, it will implement an intensified vehicle roadworthiness inspection to ensure that public utility vehicles (PUV) are in proper condition for road travel.

LTO’s law enforcement unit will also make rounds in transport garage and terminals to ensure that only roadworthy buses and jeepneys will be allowed to travel.

The agency will also have PUV drivers undergo a road safety seminar to enhance their knowledge of road safety and responsible driving. Materials containing traffic rules will also be distributed to motorists.

PUV drivers and conductors will also be asked to undergo random drug testing before leaving the terminal.

“Bago mag-drug test, kailangang i-surrender ng tsuper ang kanyang lisensya. Kapag nagpositibo sa drug test, agad na kukumpiskahin ang lisensya niya upang hindi na makapag-drive sa pagkakataong iyon. Dapat muna siyang sumailalim sa confirmatory test,” Galvante said.

“Kung negative sa confirmatory test, isasauli din ang lisensya ng driver upang makapagmaneho. Pero kung nag-positive sa nasabing drug test, mananatiling kumpiskado ang kanyang lisensya. Hindi papayagang magmaneho ang driver hangga’t hindi napapatunayang wala nang bahid ng droga sa sistema ng kanyang katawan,” he added.

The LTO chief will also deploy enforcers for its “Oplan Isnabero” against abusive and errant drivers of taxi and other public vehicles who refuse to ferry passengers.

He also urged passengers and motorists to be patient with these inspections as these are aimed at ensuring their safe trip.


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