LTO to restrict use of vintage cars

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The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued an order that intends to regulate the use of vintage cars on roads.

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Administrative Order No. RPC-2016-033 or “Registration and/or Recording of Vintage Motor Vehicles,” signed by LTO Chief Roberto Cabrera and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya will take effect on April 17, 2016.

Under the order, owners of vintage cars will be required to register their vehicles with the LTO to operate the vehicle on public roads but the registered vintage cars will only be allowed in public roads on weekends, and during holidays.

Meanwhile, vintage vehicles used for storage or for collection, should be recorded with the agency. These vehicles will be allowed to operate to and from events such as participation in vintage car club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar events provided that such operation is with a valid permit issued by the LTO.

Vintage vehicles are those manufactured at least 40 years prior to the current year, or with year model earlier than 1975, not a reproduction, and which have been maintained in or restored to a condition in conformity with the manufacture specifications and appearance.

According to Cabrera, public utility vehicles (PUVs), service, government vehicles and cargo trucks cannot be recorded as vintage.

The agency will issue registration plates which will display the “Vintage” or “Antique” inscription with year model seen at the bottom center of the plates.

The LTO is still drafting guidelines on how to impose penalties on those who will violate the order. The regular vintage riders may apply special permits in the office of the LTO.

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