LTO: Supply of license plates back to normal soon
MANILA, Philippines – After reaching "critical level" over the past two weeks, the supply of new motor vehicle license plates will soon be back to normal, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) said on Wednesday, May 27.
LTO chief Alfonso Tan Jr told the House committee on transportation that the unavailability of license plates was due to the surge in motor vehicle registration after the agency began implementing its "No Registration, No Travel" policy last April 1.
Under the policy, car owners using unregistered vehicles will face penalties.
"When we implemented the 'No Registration, No Travel' policy, the number of motor vehicle registration in the National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV-A doubled," Tan said.
But he said that the agency is expecting the delivery of additional plates.
"Next week, we expect our supply to normalize," the LTO chief added.
Earlier, LTO spokesman Jason Salvador said over radio dzMM that since the policy was enforced, the number of new vehicle registration jumped from 50 to 100 a day to 500 to 800.
Car owners earlier criticized the policy, saying it was not their fault that their dealers had not yet turned over the plates for their new vehicles.
Lawmakers have also questioned LTO's rationale for its license standardization program. Senator Ralph Recto pointed out that it offered no clear benefits to vehicle owners who already have existing license plates, and who are being forced by the LTO to pay P450 for a pair of the new plates.
The LTO has also come under scrutiny for alleged irregularities in the bidding process for its P3.8 billion ($85.02 million) license plate deal.
The Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered the LTO to stop paying the producers of the new license plates, pending its investigation into the contract. – Rappler.com
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