Starting April 1, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will strictly enforce the “No Registration-No Travel Policy” for motor vehicles (MVs).
The policy means that all MVs must be registered first to be allowed on the road, the DOTC said.
“It has always been prohibited by law to use motor vehicles that have not been registered with the LTO. The only exception is the first seven days, during which registration should be processed by the vehicle owner,” DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said in a statement.
“We held back from implementing this rule before, because the lack of license plates was our responsibility. But now that we have been able to issue new license plates within seven days from the start of registration, we have no more reason not to implement the law,” he added.
The agency said under the No Registration-No Travel policy, a traffic enforcer may flag any four-wheel motor vehicle running without a license plate.
These may be any of the older green-and-white license plates or the new black-and-white license plates, as long as they are valid, according to the DOTC.
DOTC said the applicable penalties for a violation of this rule under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 include a P10,000 fine for driving an unregistered vehicle, which is assessed against the vehicle owner, and P1,000 fine assessed against the driver.
If the driver can present a Certificate of Registration (CR) and an Official Receipt (OR) of the vehicle to prove that it has been registered, the driver will be fined P5,000 for failure to attach the plates.
For MVs that are within the seven-day registration process, the driver must present the Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR), Sales Invoice dated within seven days prior to the apprehension, and a Certificate of Insurance Cover dated on or after the date of Sales Invoice. If such documents are presented, no penalties will be meted out.
As an additional penalty, should the date of the Sales Invoice exceed 37 days on the date of apprehension, the motor vehicle will be impounded by the LTO.