The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is dead wrong in implementing the “no plate, no travel” policy, particularly in the case of newly-bought vehicles from auto dealers.
It is simply unfair for new vehicle owners to get penalized for the dealers’ failure to secure their plates, as the auto registration and acquisition of the license plate is part of the fees buyers pay.
It’s just unreasonable to expect the buyers to bear the burden of having to go to the LTO offices and accomplish what they paid the dealers to do.
It’s sheer injustice that motorists get apprehended because their newly-bought vehicles do not bear license plates they’ve paid for.
Who can blame MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino for being displeased with LTO’s insistence in enforcing the ridiculous policy?
Tolentino said the MMDA and the 17 local government units of Metro Manila are unlikely to apprehend “violators” of the LTO order.
He even said what the LTO is doing might be unconstitutional, considering that it deprives an individual of the right to use his own property without due process of law.
The long-time Tagaytay City mayor must know what he is talking about. Tolentino is a lawyer.
He said, “Majority of motorists should not be blamed for buying new cars that until now are waiting for the release of their license plates from the LTO. They should not be penalized for not having their license plates on time, they already have their conduction stickers. They are paying their monthly amortizations and have no deliberate intention to violate the law.”
“In fact, at this time of the year, we need to freely move people, especially now that there is shortage of provincial buses,” Tolentino added.
The certificate of registration (CR) and the official receipt (OR) are sufficient to confirm that a motorist has paid in full the fees entailed in buying a new car or renewing its annual registration.
If the newly sold cars have been registered and license plates are available as the LTO claims, it should not be difficult for the car dealers to pick them up and deliver them to their customers.
In the first place, it was the LTO that screwed up in its questionable contract with the supplier of the damn license plates.
These idiots have caused us aggravation and we’re smarting over their idiotic policy!
LTO Chief Assist. Sec. Alfonso Tan asked “new motor vehicle owners who have yet to receive their license plates to ask their dealers to furnish them with proof of registration application.”
Why, is he suggesting that the car owners themselves go line up with the LTO?
If that is so, why subject the car owners to the agony of transacting with the LTO, which is the car dealers’ responsibility.
Needless to say, people who can afford to buy their vehicles for comfort and convenience should not be deprived of the enjoyment of their property.
LTO enforcers and deputized agents including policemen are ordered by the LTO and LTFRB bosses to apprehend motorists who do not have license plates on their vehicles.
Pursuant to the joint administrative order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the LTO, violators will pay a fine of P10,000 while apprehended drivers would pay P1,000.
Motorists who will be able to present the official receipt or certificate of registration will be fined P5,000 for failure to put their license plates on their car.
LTO spokesman Jason Salvador said that the agency had actually delayed implementation of the law, citing that it should have been done last August.
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Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya promised that the government is “fine-tuning” the LTO “no registration, no travel” policy.
Time and again, Abaya has proven to be one of the most incompetent and inefficient executives in the Noynoy Cabinet.
If empty promises are all Abaya has to offer to correct LTO’s stupidity, there should be small wonder why the state of our transport sector and industry is such a mess.
If this knucklehead “thinks” that the LTO’s “no plate, no travel” policy needs fine-tuning, then he should’ve stopped the DOTC-attached agency’s stupidity at once.