LTO Chief Denies Being Late in Issuing Car Plates

LTO Chief Denies Being Late in Issuing Car Plates

Yesterday, in a phone patch interview for the morning show Unang Hirit, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Assistant Secretary Alfonso “Aljun” Tan claimed that the agency was never delayed in issuing car plates for newly-registered vehicles.

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During the interview, Tan said that the LTO has been able to issue Official Receipt (OR), Certification of Registration (CR), as well as the car plates within seven days, provided that the necessary documents have already been forwarded to the agency.

He added that car dealers should already have the Certificate of Stock Report (CSR) on hand by the time the importer and manufacturer ships the vehicles.

“Yung Certificate of Stock Report ay issued din ho ng LTO sa mga manufacturers at importers. Kasi kung titignan niyo po ang batas, dapat by the time na mapadala ng manufacturer o importer ang sasakyan sa isang dealer, dapat may kasama narin na CSR. Ang nangyayari, nauuna ang sasakyan, nahuhuli ang dokumento,” Tan said.

With that being said, Tan believes that there’s really no excuse for car owners to travel without registration and car plate, and that both the DOTC and LTO were implementing the law when they re-imposed the “No-Plate, No-Travel” policy at the beginning of this month.

Under the new LTO rule, car owners who are unable to provide the necessary registration documents will be fined with Php10,000 and an additional Php1,000 for those who will be caught driving an unregistered vehicle.


On the other hand, car owners who are able to show the OR and CR but are travelling without a license plate will still be fined with Php5,000 for the said offense.

The “No Plate, No Travel” policy was slammed by the motoring community and several organizations, including the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which earlier stated, through Chairman Francis Tolentino, that the policy is “unconstitutional” and that the agency will not cooperate with the LTO in enforcing it.

While not going as far as calling the policy unconstitutional, representatives from various organizations such as Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), as well as Richie Javier, the general manager of Ford Global City and Ford Manila have expressed their respective dismay over the policy.

Both Javier and CAMPI’s President Rommel Gutierrez are not at all on board with the LTO Chief’s claim that the agency was never late in giving out license plates. In their respective statements, they told the GMA New Online folks that dealers and new car owners should not be penalized for LTO’s shortcoming.

Javier said that “they (LTO) couldn’t process any registrations because the system was not up, and naturally, it will create a backlog,” pertaining to the system upgrade that agency has done from January of this year until the midway point of February. The LTO also did not process any registration on the latter part of December to give way for the Christmas break which, according to Javier, all of the backlog started.

Sources: 1 & 2

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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8 Responses

  1. rehistrado says:

    Tado talaga tong LTO. Mahigit isang taon na sasakyan ko wala pa ring plaka. May plate no. na pero wala pa ring plaka?

    Government service at its finest.

    • robby says:

      Ano sabi ng dealer mo? Kelan daw nila inapply yung registration?

    • rehistrado says:

      2013 ko pa nabili sasakyan ko. Pahirapan sa pagkuha ng plaka that time kasi walang available sa LTO. Green plate pa kasi issue non.

      Fast forward sa ngayon, may na-assign na plate no. na pero wala pa ring pinadalang plaka ang main office ng LTO sa region namin.

      Nakakainis na talaga tong kapalpakan ng LTO.

  2. gadgeteer says:

    yung bago kong sasakyan 1 year bago lumabas ang plaka, tapos nag renew ako ng lisensya 3 months bago lumabas ang id. nag renew ako ng registration ng luma ko ng sasakyan, wala sticker, 2 months pa daw.
    ang problema kasi dito, yung supplier daw nila. kasi nag pa bidding, ang pinili nila manalo yung may malaking lagay, kaya super delay man ang plaka, walang multa sa supplier, puro pagtatanggol na kesyo mahirap gawin ang security features ng palaka kaya mabagal lumabas, etc.
    when will we learn? kawawa pinas!

  3. Rill says:

    Merun kaming kapitbahay more than 1 year nang walang plate number un Montero nila tas un BMW naman nila mag half year na rin wala… haha!!

  4. Abuzalzal says:

    ito na ang tuwid na daan ni panot nyahahaha

  5. jetsky says:

    Hindi tamang sabihin nila na kapag inimport ang sasakyan ay automatica na may CSR na, sa Custom pa lang ang tagal ng release ng shipment.. nabuo na ang sasakyan hindi pa nila narerelease ang Certificate of Payment at hindi pa na ta-transmit ang data to LTO inaabot ng almost 1 month bago nila magawa,and Certificate of Payment at ang data transmission ang unang kailang bago i process ang CSR, so pano magagawa na ontime CSR kung sa Custom pa lang ang delay na! lam nila na hindi kakayanin ng mga dealer na ma-apply ang plaka in seven days dahil alam nila na mabagal ang BOC, sa LTO side kaya nga nila in seven days to release the plate but they have a requirements issued by BOC, alam ng LTO yan kaya iyan ang butas na nakita nila upang makapangolekta ng malaking pera! Bakit hindi muna nila ayus ng BOC/LTO ang data transmission system nila! Computer generation na ngayon pero sobrang manual pa din mga documents tapos ang mga staff pa nila eh katatanda na at ang babagal kumilos!

  6. james k says:

    It’s a clear sign that LTO SHOULD BE HANDLED BY PRIVATE SECTOR. shame on PH government

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