Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano wants the Department of Transportation and Communication to stop the Land Transportation Office (LTO) from requiring all car owners to acquire new license plates saying this continuing to implement its “anomalous” policy is just a ripoff.
Albano, a member of the powerful Commission on Appointments, said car owners should not be compelled to purchase new license plates if their old plates are still serviceable.
The lawmaker sought the suspension of the LTO’s new policy on license plates in light of the action taken by the Commission on Audit (COA) stopping the agency from paying the supplier, Power Plates Development Concepts Inc and J. Knieriem BV-Goes or JKG. State auditors said the LTO failed to submit required documentary requirements for the contract.
“We have no problem with new car purchases but all vehicles already registered with the LTO with usable plates must not be victimized. The mandatory purchase of new car plates being forced by the LTO is a monumental attempt to rip off million of helpless car, truck, motorcycle owners in the country whose car plates are still well,” Albano pointed out.
“It is totally abusive and anomalous for the LTO to force vehicle owners who follow the law and faithfully register their vehicles yearly and whose car plates are still usable but are forced to buy the overpriced plates,” he added.
Albano slammed the LTO for forcing car owners to buy the license plates at P450 because of the added security features.
“All along, their security feature is two pieces of metal bolts that permanently secure the new car plates to ostensibly prevent theft. This is the most ridiculous argument because any vehicle involved in a minor accident, or whose car plates have to be removed for necessary repairs, will be forced to buy another set of plate from LTO’s partner in crime, JKG,” he said.
Albano said the LTO should just issue renewal stickers for vehicles whose registration are renewed yearly by their owners.
The Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee is conducting an inquiry into the issue because of the delay in the release of license plates.
Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito expressed doubt on the capability of the supplier to carry out the P3.8-billion program. He said the delay in the delivery of license plates could be because of the inability of the supplier to manufacture huge volumes due to funding issue.