Bill extending driver’s license validity to lapse

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A proposed measure that seeks to extend the validity of driver’s license to five years is awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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If signed into law, Sen. Grace Poe said on Friday, driver’s license holders would not need to line up every three years to renew their license and can even extend its validity to 10 years if they will not commit any traffic violation.

Poe, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services and sponsor of the Senate version, said the bill was transmitted to Malacañang for the President‘s approval on July 11.

But even if Duterte failed to sign it, the enrolled bill would lapse into law in 30 days.

After it becomes a law, Poe said, her panel will work with the Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in drafting the implementing rules and regulations, which shall be promulgated not later than 30 days from the legislation’s effectivity.

To make renewal of licenses convenient for drivers, the measure requires the LTO to create an online process within a year from the effectivity of the law.

Congress also inserted a provision that license fees shall not cost more than the government’s procurement expense to make sure that drivers are not unduly charged in securing licenses.

Also a fine of P20,000 shall be imposed against applicants for willful misrepresentation, connivance with an officer, falsification of documents and cheating during examinations, and they shall be prohibited from applying for two years.

Based on LTO data, 5.8 million driver’s licenses were issued in 2016 alone. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

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