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Philippines: Temporary Vehicle License Plates Issued To Solve Shortage

LTO temporary plate (Photo credit: Martin T. Aguda, Jr.)
LTO temporary plate (Photo credit: Martin T. Aguda, Jr.)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – First, the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs embargoed some 600,000 imported vehicle license plates  because the private consignee has failed to pay about P40 Million in duties and taxes.  Then, some P4 Million worth of license plate materials had been reported stolen from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) facilities. Is it any wonder that motorists who have paid for their vehicle license plates have ended up with nothing?

To remedy the worsening license plate situation, LTO chief Roberto Cabrera ordered the issuance of temporary plates to motorists who have earlier made the required payments.

By issuing the order, Cabrera hopes to appease the anger and frustration of thousands of Filipino vehicle owners.  To show good faith and remorse over the unfortunate situation, Cabrera said that the temporary plates have no expiry dates, and hence can be used in perpetuity.

Motorists who have yet to receive the plates they have already paid for are advised to go to their nearest  local LTO to claim their temporary plates.

The plates come in different colors and are made of unbreakable plastic.



Filipinos Have No Choice But To Drive Without Driver’s Licenses

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Everywhere you go, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle without a government-issued driver’s license.  In the Philippines, the government is responsible for motorists driving without a license — card,  that is.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), the counterpart of the U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles, has announced that by March this year, it will run out of the redesigned driver’s license cards, thanks to a third-party vendor it has contracted with to produce the plastics.

While drivers are issued temporary paper licenses,  many motorists complain that such licenses are often left in their trousers’ pocket to wash away with their laundry. Which means they have to go to LTO several times a year and deal with the long wait to get a replacement paper license.

This situation is brought to you by the Aquino administration’s Daang Matuwid (straight path) , a path full  of Filipinos driving without a (plastic) license!