600,000 new car license plates distributed by LTO


The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has reported that it has distributed about 600,000 new license plates to car owners after being stuck at the International Container Port in Manila because of unpaid tax duties.

Last April 15, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) turned over 11 container vans filled with the license plates that were manufactured abroad.

The shipment was held inside the port for so long because supplier Dutch-Filipino consortium Knieriem BV Goes and Power Plates Development Concept Inc. (JKG-PPI) failed to settle P40-million worth of import duties and taxes.

The shipment covers 10 percent of the total backlog in license plates.

Under the contract with JK-PPI, 15 million plates are to be delivered in 5 years.
LTO spokesman Jason Salvador, however, said there is still a big backlog as the Commission on Audit (COA) has not yet lifted its Notice of Disallowance.

The audit body disallowed LTO’s disbursement of P477 million for the P3.8-billion contract as it did not undergo proper bidding procedures.

The license plates are part of the Department of Transportation and Communications license plate standardization program.


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  1. We paid, I believe was P450 for new licence plates last year upon renewal of registration. Now it has been over a year and we just renewed our registration last week and still no plates. Also no sticker for about 2 years now. Where did that money go? Can we just get our money back for the cost of the plates and the sticker. Please, just give us our hard earned money back! And if there were 600,000 plates distributed, who got those plates? This is just one big scam.

  2. Manly Garcia on

    COA disallowed the plates’ importation simply because DOTC DID NOT FOLLOW procurement procedures. It’s as simple as that. The DOTC short-cut was meant to raise funds for 2016 elections. That’s another simple explanation. MAY KORAP KAYA MARAMI PA RIN ANG MAHIRAP sa panahon ng LP at Noynoy.

  3. Why would there be import duties and taxes on something bought by a government agency.

  4. must be only country in the world to import license plates,still waiting for mine 7 months now.