LTO to have special lanes for ‘delinquent vehicle owner’ registrations
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has directed all regional directors and district office leaders to provide special lanes for registering “delinquent motor vehicle owners.”
Delinquent motor vehicle owners are those whose registration has expired or have purposefully refused to register their automobiles.
LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II gave the order through a memorandum approved by Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, the agency said in a press release on Monday.
The initiative was also part of “Oplan Balik Rehistro, Be Road Ready,” which aims to register around 24.7 million motor vehicles with expired registrations.
This number represents about 65 percent of all the vehicles in the country.
“All owners who will be availing voluntary registration under this Oplan shall be given priority and all District/Extension Offices shall designate a fast lane for this purpose,” Mendoza said in the memorandum issued on November 9.
LTO also reiterated that it conducts law enforcement operations through “No Registration, No Travel.”
Under this, apprehended motor vehicles with expired licenses are sanctioned with stiff penalties, including a P10,000 fine.
The agency noted that hundreds of motor vehicles had already been impounded due to the nationwide operations.
Aside from that, Mendoza earlier mandated the conduct of the “One Stop Shop/Service Caravan/Outreach Program.”
This aims to bring the LTO initiatives, particularly the registration of delinquent motor vehicles, closer to the public.
“We are implementing programs to reach out to our clients so that they will be encouraged to register their motor vehicles. We also do not want the LTO to come to the point of arrest because of the size of the penalties to be paid,” Mendoza said.
“So I am appealing to all motor vehicle owners with expired registration[s] to take advantage of these programs. These are all designed to make our services comfortable for you and at the same time show you the concern of our government,” he added.