THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has stopped the implementation of an Administrative Order requiring professional drivers to secure clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and police before renewing their drivers’ licenses.
DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, during the Senate deliberation of the DOTC budget, agreed to suspend the new requirement being imposed by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Senate president pro-tempore Ralph Recto questioned the new policy in the wake of mounting complaints from public utility vehicle drivers who said the order is detrimental to their livelihood.
Recto said requiring professional drivers to get NBI and police clearances is another burden because they will be spending hours or even days just to secure the documents.
The DOTC came up with the requirement as part of its effort to ensure public safety by making sure that tricycle, jeepney, taxi, bus and other passenger vehicle drivers have no pending warrants of arrest.
But officials could not answer when Senate President Franklin Drilon asked them what offenses would disqualify an applicant from being issued a driver’s license.
With the suspension, an applicant for a professional driver’s license will only need to secure either an NBI clearance or police clearance and not both.