• LTO stops plate replacement fees

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    THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has stopped the Land Transportation Office (LTO) from collecting fees for the replacement of old license plates due to the notice of disallowance issued by the Commission on Audit (COA).

    DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said all vehicle owners who have not yet paid for the new license plates will not have to shell out P450 when they renew their registration.

    “We are currently in the process of resolving the issue with the COA. We hope issues will be resolved and COA lifts the disallowance so we can provide the public with plates for improved road safety,” Abaya said.

    The LTO gave assurances that the new standardized plates will be issued to motorists who have settled the payment as soon as COA resolves the issue.

    The DOTC and the LTO rolled out the Plate Standardization Program in May 2014 for newly registered vehicles.

    In January this year, the LTO issued Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2014-1895, mandating vehicle owners to replace their old license plates with the new standardized plates.

    The standardization program aims to curb illegal practices such as tanggal-plaka or plate removal or switching. It will also phase out the nine various designs of license plates.

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