LTO to enforce no plate, no travel policy

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Monday, March 30, 2015

UNREGISTERED vehicles will not be allowed to travel starting Wednesday, April 1.

The Department of Transportation and Communication-Land Transportation Office will strictly implement the "No Registration, No Travel" policy starting Wednesday to ensure all vehicles will bear their identities in this peak season of traveling.

This is pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2015-1927 of the DOTC-LTO which states "Starting 01 April 2015, no four-wheeled vehicle can be used, driven or operated on the roads without being duly registered with the LTO pursuant to RA 4136, Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 and other applicable rules and regulations".


DOTC-CAR assistant regional director Roberto Basco told Sun.Star Baguio owners of newly bought vehicles can either opt not to use their unregistered vehicles without plates or register and claim their plates already from the LTO office or through their dealers so their vehicles can be used.

The latter is the best option, said Basco.

"Hindi na pwedeng tumakbo sa kalsada ang mga bagong sasakyan na hindi naregister o naregister pero wala pang plaka," he said.

"Ayaw kasi namin na may tatakbo sa kalsada na walang plaka kasi yan lang ang identity ng mga sasakyan. Kung may mangyari man na kahit ano sa kalsada, yan lang ang pagkakakilanlan nila," he added.

He stressed newly bought vehicles should already have their respective plates as dealers are not supposed to release the vehicles unregistered, without the Official Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR) and their respective plates.

Those who will be caught will be apprehended and penalized based on their violations under the JAO No. 2014-01.

For driving an unregistered vehicle, a stiff P10,000 penalty will be imposed to the vehicle owner and a P1,000 fine to the driver with a corresponding citation of "reckless driving".

In case the driver is able to present an OR and CR which proves the vehicle has been registered, he will be penalized with P5,000 only for failure to attach the license plate.

Without the OR/CR, the driver must present the Certificate of Stock Reported, a sales invoice which must be dated within seven days prior to the apprehension, and the Certificate of Insurance Cover which must be dated on or after the sales invoice's date.

Moreover, the vehicle will be impounded if the date of the sales invoice goes beyond 37 days from the date of purchase at the time of apprehension.
Apprehensions may be contested within five days.

Basco urged those vehicle owners without plates by their dealers and apprehended to file a protest so the LTO can investigate.

"Kasi kung minsan yung mga dealer, kahit nasa kanila na yung plaka, hindi pa nila ibinibigay, o kaya naman, kahit nasa LTO na yung plaka at itinawag na sa kanila, hindi pa nila kinukuha," he noted.

For those who will travel using their new vehicles, Basco advised them to call their dealer and claim their respective plates so they could enjoy their trips without any hassle.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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