ORMOC NEWS – Despite an additional P450.00 burden that they will have to shell out on top of the usual regulatory fees currently being imposed by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to get their vehicles registered this year, public utility vehicle operators in this city disclose that they have no choice but to pay up for government’s new ‘standardized’ license plates.
“The new license plates may help identify vehicles that are being operated illegally but only if the LTO and the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board will seriously go after them”, Dominador Cayanong a driver of an Ormoc-Albuera passenger vehicle said.
Cayanong’s observation is echoed by his fellow drivers who observe that even with the current license plates, the government has been falling short on its own job of apprehending illegal units.
“If you ask me, those who pay the hefty registration and comply with all the requirements and other regulatory fees often end up earning less than ‘colorum’ operators”, Cayanong added, explaining that some of these illegal operators even have two or more units than the legitimate ones plying the same routes. “Maybe the real issue here is enforcement of laws not new license plates”, he suggested.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued a Memorandum Circular requiring operators and owners of four-wheeled motor vehicles to replace their license plates with the new standardized LTO-approved plates by this year. The new replacement plates will bear the same alphanumeric character as the old plates and will only be valid for (5) five years to be renewed thereafter.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has denied earlier accusations from transport group PISTON that the new plates is yet another ‘money-making scheme’ by some unscrupulous individuals in the department working with license plates suppliers.