LTO chief clarifies issue on ‘no travel’ rule
THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) has never issued a “no plate, no travel” policy,” its chief told a Senate hearing on Monday.
LTO chief Alfonso Tan Jr. made this clarification when he faced the joint hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee and the public services committee inquiring on the alleged “inefficient regulations, undue burden inconveniences and harassment” that the LTO has imposed on the Filipino people as well as the alleged irregularities it conducted concerning the procurement of motor vehicles plate.
“We have never said no plate no travel, it has always been no registration, no travel,” Tan said, responding to Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito’s question.
Ejercito said he was making the clarification because the reported “no plate, no travel” policy has created confusion among motorists. He said there were also some individuals taking advantage of the P5,000 fine that would be imposed on those who would travel without license plates.
“Like I said, your honor, it has always been no registration, no travel and we discussed that also intensively last Friday, yung tungkol sa enforcement,” the LTO chief said.
“Sa parte naman ng LTO, kung may OR-CR hindi namin kayo titiketan kaya ang tanong ko nga kung sino yung nanghuhuli kasi kung LTO ticket ang ginamit, meron ho silang five days to contest at kung nakita ho namin sa contest na may OR-CR, idi-dimiss ho namin yung apprehension,” he said.
Tan though said he was informed that some municipalities are considering issuing an ordinance that would impose a “no plate, no travel.”
“We’ll try to coordinate with them and convince them but that’s beyond us,” the LTO chief added.
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